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Eating Disorders in the Jazz Age

After the 1920s, the number of diet articles in fashion magazines has increased. Many young women have role models in media images of very thin women. Extremely thin runway models influence young women to develop eating disorders.

In the early 1900's, our culture saw a shift from this plump, voluptuous female form to a thinner frame with less curves. The new female ideal of the 1920's was the thin, short haired flapper. According to Featherstone (1982) consumer culture began to shape the female body image through cosmetics, fashion, Hollywood, and advertisements. People started dieting and sports became popular pastimes as exercise began to be viewed as a healthy activity to enhance the body.

Fashion also has dictated that women appear thin as was the case between 1920's and 1930's.

High-fashion models tended to be masculinized in the 1920s, became more feminine till the mid-twentieth century, and then started becoming more masculinized.

The prosperity of the 1920s afforded enough freedom for homosexual fashion designers to become prominent, and their domination among fashion designers reflected in the skinny and boyish looks of high-fashion models then.

With the evolution of fashion throughout the 20 and 21st centuries, as well as the transition of media stereotypes and Hollywood role models, a devastating change was seen in the excepted body image of the average American women that ultimately lead to a sharp increase in eating disorders.


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