- Low self esteem and poor body images. Media plays a part, but you must have self esteem to not compare yourself to anyone on TV. You are unique in your own way. Eating healthy and exercising should be for your health and not because of how you want to be perceived.
- Eating disorders are caused by either low self esteem and in many cases the person with the eating disorder feels they have no control over their life, but the one fact they know they have control over is no one can make them eat. Some young women are swayed by the media as to what they feel they should look like. Teen magazines, movies, etc., all play a role in brain washing young people to simply make money off them such as being super thin so they can buy the clothing that an actress may be trying to sell, etc. Medical scientists are still trying to find out what it is in the brain where the person with an eating disorder is stimulated to do so and why they see themselves in the mirror as being too fat. You hardly hear of someone saying they are too skinny.
actually, quite a lot of "naturally" thin women would die for curves. People just don't want to look bad in other people's eyes