We are living in a society where dieting has become a social norm. With a variety of diet plans available to us in just a click, it is hardly surprising that at least 10% of our female population spend their entire lives dieting. (Murray 2012)
Types of food consumed in a Low-Calorie Diet
And with all these dieting resources available to us everywhere, we are indeed overexposed to the concept where dieting is beneficial to everyone. This brings me to my other point where eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, may develop from dieting. Eating disorders affect up to 5 million Americans each year, (Hopkins, 2012) and in Singapore, females as young as eight are falling prey to anorexia nervosa. (Chandra, 2012)
Personally, without that overexposure to the idea of dieting through mass media, I highly doubt that we will be so concerned with our body image and undergo dieting. Without that constant bombarding of images and messages that reinforce the idea that happiness and success is linked to thinness, youth will grow up without the mentality of wanting to be slim and undergo dieting measures.