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Does Cultural Expectations Powers The Ways Of A Beautiful Woman

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Can anyone count the ways of a beautiful women, or is it something seen in her seductive eyes? It is a kind of beauty that can’t be adequately expressed nor replicated by this world. Although I have contemplated this exquisiteness many times I have not been able to explain it to myself. I have seen it in the eyes of my mother the day I was born, and again in the eyes of my bride on our wedding day, and now I see it in the eyes of my daughter as she lay playing in her crib (it’s a splendid phenomenon, a rare and precious thing). What’s even more wondrous about this unending beauty is that it is a consistently changing one and it grows ever so wonderful and spectacular during the course of a women’s life. Women are eventful, progressive, emotions and stability all at the same time. You won’t here me raw for I am not women, but I am a man and thankful that I am able to admire them. Unfortunately our culture has forgotten the true beauty that is women, the system of advertisements and the establishment of big media has polluted the concepts of beauty, making young women believe that they somehow are no longer beautiful and that they somehow need to be skinny, or light skin or many other stereotyped messages sent over the media wire to cause sales to rise. This propaganda also stimulates the wrong attitudes seen in many young men as they also have registered themselves with this notion of American cultural beauty (as if no other form of beauty can be seen in a woman on this planet). Many aliments are caused as a result of this mindset and one among many are young girls who starve themselves to death trying to live up to cultural beauty expectations, never able to quite fine that perfect dress size and never able to meet public standards of what she should look like.

Trapped in a web of cultural refinement, a belief system centered on American cosmopolitan propaganda, women find themselves constantly dressing themselves using the mirror as their constant companion and ultimate judge. It is the judge over their daily dress code their weight and size and it stands to convict the inner opinions of themselves.


Did you know? Some women habitually regurgitate their food intake after every meal in an effort to control weight increase, believing among many destructive ideas that this is essential to maintain her beauty, and this confusion sometimes becomes a mental illness.

“In 1988, 15-year-old gymnast Christy Henrich was striving to make the Olympic team. Early that year, though, a judge at a national competition reportedly told Henrich that if she expected to make the team, she would have to lose some weight. That advice proved devastating. At 4-10 and 95 pounds, Henrich was hardly overweight. But in the world of gymnastics and other sports that stress body image and weight consciousness—diving, figure skating, and distance running, among others—female athletes have traditionally been prescribed a less-is-more fitness regimen.
Henrich would soon develop a severe eating disorder; she struggled with anorexia and bulimia for six years before dying at age 22. She was only 47 pounds when she passed away, and when she did, she became the poster child for a syndrome known as the Female Athlete Triad. “

Eating Disorders and the Female Athlete
By Evette Porter
April 19 - 25, 2000

“Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves. Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person's normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating.

Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. Anorexia mainly affects adolescent girls.
People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it.

The disorder is thought to be most common among whites, people of higher socioeconomic classes, and people involved in activities where thinness is especially looked upon, such as dancing, theater, and distance running. “

Anorexia

Eating disorders have affected many women. In their quest to look beautiful and "stylishly" thin, they have put their lives in danger. Bulimia and anorexia have become all too common. Thinking they will help themselves look better, these women begin starving themselves or bingeing and purging. They often don't realize the health risks they face as a result. In fact, up to one-fifth of those who suffer from anorexia die, according to research at Louisiana State University. Knowing the facts can help you fight this damaging disorder that is plaguing America.
People with anorexia starve themselves-literally. Although they suffer terribly from hunger pains, they deprive themselves because they are so afraid of gaining weight. Anorexia can be easier to spot than bulimia because of the severe weight loss - at least 15 percent below normal body weight. Although anorexics are rigid about eating, they are often obsessed with food.

The anorexic usually doesn't believe she is thin enough. The person with anorexia continues to think that she is overweight even when she is bone-thin. There are always a few more pounds that need to be lost.

“Medical Consequences"

"There are many medical risks associated with anorexia. They include: shrunken bones, mineral loss, low body temperature, irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, development of osteoporosis and bulimia nervosa.
Continued use of laxatives is harmful to the body. It wears out the bowel muscle and causes it to decrease in function. Some laxatives contain harsh substances that may be reabsorbed into your system.

Anorexia and Pregnancy

In order to have a healthy child, the average pregnant woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Telling this to a person with anorexia is like telling a normal person to gain 100 pounds. If you are anorexic, you may have trouble conceiving a baby and carrying it to term. Irregular menstrual cycles and weak bones make it more difficult to conceive. If you are underweight and do not eat the proper variety of foods, you and your baby could be in danger.
Women with eating disorders have higher rates of miscarriages and your baby might be born prematurely which puts them at risk for many medical problems.
All pregnant women should receive proper prenatal care. Those recovering from anorexia or bulimia need special care. You should always take your pre-natal vitamins and have regular pre-natal visits. You should not exercise unless your doctor says it is okay and it is a good idea to enroll in a prenatal exercise class to be sure you are not overexerting yourself. “

Symptoms

“There are many dangers associated with anorexia A few symptoms are mild anemia, light headedness, nails and hair become brittle and monthly menstrual cycles cease.

Personality

The anorexic is usually a person who is an overachiever. She always obeys, keeps her feelings to herself and tends to be a perfectionist, striving to be a great student or athlete. It is thought that she will starve herself to gain a sense of control in her life. Because she has always done what others wanted her to do, she isn't sure how to cope with the natural problems of life. Through restricting her food intake, she can get approval from others and take control of her body. The good news is there is treatment for anorexia. This life-threatening disorder can be controlled with the help of a healthcare professional.”

http://www.lodi.k12.wi.us/schools/HS/Stendel/nutrition%20websites/My%20Web%20anorex/Anorexia/notes.doc


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1 comments on Does Cultural Expectations Powers The Ways Of A Beautiful Woman

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By Credo on December 06, 2007 at 02:10 am
No its how she feels about herself that makes her glorious. Credo
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