There has been a troubling discovery on Myspace. Groups focused on eating disorders are included on this social networking site. One of the most popular groups has a member count of over 2000 girls who share information about anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. Girls can find out how to keep their anorexia a secret. It exhibits support for unhealthy activities that are being practiced by young girls.
Eating disorders are not something that should be shared and encouraged among Myspace members. Anorexia for example, is a dangerous habit that can be fatal if not treated. It is disturbing to see people create groups to promote this kind of activity. One would think that it is more counteractive to create additional groups to help stop eating disorders. Some of these Myspace anorexia and bulimia groups claim that their objective is to offer support for those with eating disorders.
However, for every preventative post, there is another thread where people are discussing the extreme measure that they have taken to lose weight. It is evident that there are no boundaries on Myspace. People can start a group about any topic of their choice. This exhibits both free speech and potential danger. Most parents would not want their daughters to accidentally browse a Myspace page that discusses how people are maintaining their eating disorders.
The thought of this happening can be dangerous when placed before the eyes of vulnerable young girls and women. A girl who is having problems with her weight will more than likely have unhealthy thoughts when exposed to these Myspace groups. Eating disorders must be taken more seriously and handled properly in order to successfully combat these habits. There is an ongoing need for websites and online groups that actually try to help girls refrain from this kind of behavior. It is important to minimize online destinations that can influence harmful thinking among young girls and women.
Myspace can be blamed for allowing such practices to form and operate on its website. However, the company is not entirely responsible for the content that has been posted online. The problems with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders have been out of control as a result of unnatural images of women in the media. Society places inaccurate depictions of perfection in the spotlight, causing young girls to have low self-esteem. Until the media, parents, educators and peers come together to combat eating disorders, no one can place any blame on one entity. Changes have to be made in many areas of our society for real progress to occur.