Opinion: Where to draw the line?

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By: Sam Marquez

Models, of all kinds, have a huge influence on young minds. Wouldn’t it make sense for these role models to portray a positive healthy image? Not only that, but to practice what they preach.

The age long argument about too thin models is not the only one we should be worrying about these days. Many body positive movements have been a go for a while now. Burning the thought that everybody is beautiful into many young impressionable minds.

While loving yourself is incredibly important, one must take into account if they are healthy.

Meaning not too thin, and not overweight or obese. Especially if your promoting your body as one to strive for.

According to webiteback.com, being anorexic or extremely underweight can take up to 25 years off your life. The possibility for a random act of cardiac arrest is at an all time high.  Being underweight can also lead to metabolic damage, a disorder that harm one’s ability to break down chemicals, food, and toxins in the body.

According to timberlineknolls.com here are some other side effects.

  • extreme weight loss
  • thin appearance
  • abnormal blood counts
  • elevated liver enzymes
  • fatigue
  • dizziness or fainting
  • seizure
  • brittle nails
  • hair that thins, breaks or falls out
  • absence of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • development of fine hair on the extremities (lanugo)
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • intolerance of cold
  • irregular heart rhythms
  • low blood pressure
  • dehydration
  • osteoporosis, the loss of bone calcium, which may result in broken bones

Not something one should be showing off as an ideal form for both young girls and boys.

The importance of a healthy weight, mind and body is so very important to promote because we’re killing ourselves otherwise.

According to umm.edu here are some effects of being overweight/obese.

  • High cholesterol (including high triglyceride levels)
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea (episodes when a person stops breathing while asleep)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
Not to mention it can take up to 10 years off of your life.
The main argument for why we should be allowed to display unhealthy bodies as ideal is because we should be teaching kids to not be so vulnerable.
In the 1960’s Albert Bandura created a cognitive behavior experiment. It was called the Bobo Doll Experiment, that’s because small children observed one of two situations.
One being adults violently harassing a blow up clown doll for about ten minutes; the other the children observed the adults kindly treating the doll.
The results were uncanny. Children who witnessed violence trashed out at the doll when left alone in the room. Not just little toddler punches either, the children verbally assaulted the doll and hit the doll with toy hammers and guns. The children exposed to kindness treated the doll with kindness.
These results happened every time.
The main purpose of this experiment was to prove that most of our behavior we have developed, is due to heavy influence. Our cognitive behavior is nothing more than learned. We humans are animals heavily guided by our biological natures whether we like to think so or not.
This plays into the model crisis we have among us because it illustrates how influential young minds are. So no, we can’t teach young children not to be influenced by the beaming lights in front of them by telling them they’re just dim lights. We as a society need to give the children of our future healthy role models. Anything else is just asking for eating disorders, mental illnesses and so much more.

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