The role of socio-cultural factors in the development of eating disorders
There are many reasons why a person might develop an eating disorder. Some of them include: genetics, personality traits, and environmental factors. In this paper, I will discuss the role that socio-cultural factors play in the development of eating disorders.
Socio-cultural factors are the things that surround a person in their everyday life. These could be the media they consume, their friends, or even their family.
The media has been shown to be one of the largest contributors to the development of eating disorders (Petrie et al., 2002). This is because it portrays certain types of bodies as being more attractive than others. Children and adolescents who consume this kind of media are more likely to have poor body image than those who do not consume it (Tiggemann & McGill, 2004).
Another way that socio-cultural factors can contribute to eating disorders is through peer pressure. Teens may feel like they need to look like someone else in order to fit in with their group of friends (Hamburger et al., 1993). This can lead them to develop unhealthy habits such as dieting or exercising excessively in order to lose weight quickly.