People who are struggling with disordered eating experience triggers for their illness everywhere they turn. For one thing, eating is something that people have to do multiple times every day in order to live and stay healthy, which means that disordered eaters have to face their demons with every meal. In addition, advertisements and other media constantly bombard us with unrealistic images of beauty and encourage us to be dissatisfied with the current shape of our bodies. \tSome people who struggle with disordered eating at an early \tage seemingly manage to recover fully and \tlead normal eating lives from that point forward. But for many others, eating disorders never completely go away. Even when these people are able to establish fairly normal and healthy eating habits, the little voice that shames them for every eating choice, that makes them want to purge the calories they consume and that tells them they and their bodies are not good enough, still talks to them. \tNot only do such people frequently \tsuffer from poor mental health as a \tresult of low self-esteem and anxiety, \tbut also the risk of a full re-emergence \tof their eating disorder is a real concern. And the longer an eating disorder survives without treatment, or the more disordered eating episodes recur, the more an individual\u2019s physical health is put at risk of serious long-term consequences. Airbrushing Lies The lack of media representation for diverse body types and the continued glorification of weight loss and thinness often encourage the unhealthy ideas that eating disorders thrive on. But while seeing airbrushed and edited actors and models make many of us sigh regretfully at our own lack of \u201cperfection,\u201d it is even more harmful to someone struggling with disordered eating. These people see such images as proof that they are not good enough and never will be. Advertising that encourages weight loss can be even more insidious. We\u2019ve all seen ads that tout diets, pills or exercise programs for incredibly rapid weight loss, and most of us don\u2019t give them a second thought. But for someone with an eating disorder, such ads can seem to promote and even normalize the attitude that dropping weight at a super-fast rate is desirable. Furthermore, the only way that many of these claims can be realized is through behaviors that amount to disordered eating\u2014essentially starving yourself through grossly insufficient calories, exercising (i.e., \u201chealthy\u201d purging) at an extreme rate or using a magical diet pill that facilitates either purging or starvation by serving as a laxative or eliminating your appetite. Disordered Thinking Idealized media and unrealistic advertising campaigns can\u2019t be accused, independently, of causing disordered eating. However, they are a major part of a culture in which the desired body types are so unrealistic for almost everyone that it is almost impossible not to suffer body-image anxieties. And for people in whom the unhealthy voice of disordered eating is already present, this media is a constant affirmation of all the lies that this voice wants them to believe. Ads that actually promote disordered behaviors (although they would never say so explicitly) are a natural if contemptible outgrowth of what society values. As long as weight loss and unrealistic thinness are the ideals, companies are going to continue to promote unrealistic\u00ad\u2014and therefore unhealthy\u2014ways to achieve those ideals.