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Eating Disorders Caused by Body Image

Body image is one of the main causes for eating disorders. Body image involves the perception that the ideal female body is thin and fat makes one ugly. To achieve these slim dimensions for the body, patients of eating disorders starve themselves to the point that their health fails completely.

The trend in the twentieth century was than a woman should be thin if she is to look good. The female body is one that does not have a perfect shape. A healthy female body has curves and is often pear shaped. Women in particular adolescent young women go on unhealthy starvation diets to remove these curves and achieve what the media and other sources describe as the ideal body image. To improve their body image women stop eating when they are hungry and exercise excessively, although one hour of exercise thrice a week is enough for good health.