In conclusion, the current ways that our society perceives what a typical female athlete should look like has been changing over the years. Social expectations will need to continue to change not only in mass media, but also in our school educational systems. Females need to have support and encouragement in realizing that they come in all sizes. They should not be judged within a typical standard of weight, but rather a fitness level. Female athletes tend to have an intense view of their body to begin with and by measuring those on this unrealistic standard can lead to risks in their health.
The issues in described in this paper are still a common for females and there are still numerous deaths recorded from these diseases. The fact that the pressures are still present in our elementary schools up to our professional level is frightening. Although studies show us these facts, society still associates female athletes as needing to be thin and feminine. When we view which female athletes are offered endorsements are usually your typical beauty without the talent usually of others athletes within the sport.
These pressures are what lead to eating disorders and other health issues. In order to change this society must change it views of what is a typical female athlete and what makes them that way. Is it talent or body image?
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