INFOGRAPHIC: Eating Disorders and the Media

Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and statistics show that various media outlets are partially implicit. This infographic displays the disparity between the way the media presents a physically "ideal" woman and the actual average American woman. These statistics reveal that the way that the fashion and advertising industries influence women's self-image.

When 80% of women are made insecure by images they see of women on television and more than two-thirds of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines, media outlets should strongly consider changing the way that they portray women. (View larger image)

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This infographic statistically represents the media's likely influence on women's body image over the last few decades.

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