A Heavy Weight

Lets face it, we live in a media obsessed society.  Between computers, smartphones, video games, along with magazines, movies and television shows, we all are bombarded with various images on what a “healthy weight” should look like.  We are either too fat or too thin, there is very little in-between.

I am saying this because with all these beauty standards, either consciously or sub-consciously bombarded with, it has given rise to the amount of individuals, both males and females,  with eating disorders.  The lack of treatments available for people struggling with this dangerous disease is tragic.  Treatment is expensive not only because it is a physical disease but also a mental disease as well, and not many people can afford it.

Even with the this new “affordable care act” which is supposed to aid those who need help, seems to look over this type of disorder. Homeless people have places to go, drug addicts have places to seek help, but those suffering from eating disorders and mental health don’t have very many places they can go to seek help.  I think this is a complete overlook of public administration for the benefit of the people.  More treatment options, and payment options I believe should be put in place.  The city can spend tons of money on things that in the line of importance, in my mind at least, are near the bottom of the list of concerns because the amount of people suffering and falling pray to this disease is on the rise and has been steadily for years.  Public administrators should look at this problem and formulate a better way to treat it.

504 thoughts on “A Heavy Weight

  1. The stigma on mental health is very negative. Many people feel as though mental issues are one’s that people need to “grow out of”. A child with ADHD simply needs to learn how to behave, or a person suffering from depression simply needs to look on the bright side. Many people overlook the importance of mental health, when it is just as important as physical health. People need to be more educated on the actual issues of mental health and the actual brain issues that occur. The more educated we are about it, the more people will understand the need for it.

  2. I absolutely agree with your point here. Media consumes our lives and in some cases people have become completely dependent on this media, and the problem is only getting worse. Now it’s not only the media itself that is damaging to us, it is the content in which is shown on these media platforms that are impacting us mentally.

    Boys and Girls are being exposed to media in which set unrealistic goals for there body. This exposure, as you stated, has effected and will continue to affect these kids mental state. I agree that something needs to be done to help these people with this particular disorder, as it is becoming so prevalent especially in young girls.

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