English research paper on eating disorders and need help with thesis.   This is what i have already..   Everywhere one looks today, one will notice that our culture places a very high value on women being thin, and a big problem in our country, lives and even our world. It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder, seven million women and one million men. Eating disorders are often caused by stress and are tied into depression and anger. Very often eating disorders stem form problems with self image caused by the media.   What else do i need?

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A thesis is essentially a statement that you are making that you will back up with facts and evidence throughout the rest of the paper. In what you have here, you do not yet have a strong thesis statement. However, some of what you have written could be used to craft a thesis statement. Specifically, the sentence, "Very often eating disorders stem from problems with self image caused by the media" is very promising.

If the media is a large cause of problems with self-image, then you could theorize that a change in the media could help change people's perceptions of themselves and create a better self-image in young people struggling with eating disorders. Think about whether this might be a good argument for your paper and how you could word a thesis argument about this.

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Right after submitting my answer to your question, I noticed an ad on the same eNotes page for a place that treats eating disorders. I wasn't able to forward the ad to you, but I copied the name and telephone number. This place is called Avalon Hills and the phone number is 1-800-330-0490. They have programs for adolescent girls and for adult women. The ad says that they will send you information about your program. I think you can utilize places like this to obtain information for your research paper and that it will have practical value for some of your readers who are concerned about eating disorders. Of course, you can probably find other such places via the Internet, but I suggest that you focus on one for the sake of simplicity.

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I think you should focus on Americans, and possibly only on American women. If you say "Everywhere one looks today," you can't claim to be looking all over the world or even all over America. And you can see a lot of women who appear to have eating disorders (especially eating too much), but you can't claim to see that "our culture places a very high value on women being thin."

I think your best opening is in the second sentence. You could say: "An estimated seven million American women have eating disorders of one kind or another and for various reasons. Some eating disorders are caused by stress and are tied into depression and anger resulting from the pressures of modern living. Our culture places a high value on women being thin, often leading to bulemia and anorexia. Many eating disorders stem from problems with women's self-images caused by the popular media. These problems continue to grow and can only be solved through research, educatioin, and legislation."

That last sentence is just a suggestion. I don't know what you intend to say in your paper, but it seems to me that in your conclusion you need to talk about what can be done, what is being done, what should be done to help. If that is too difficult, you might talk about some clinic where they specialize in treating women (or just young girls) with eating disorders. The implication might be that more such clinics would be helpful in coping with this growing national crisis. If you can identify such a clinic, you could probably get a lot of printed information from them by requesting it via e-mail.

I think it is a good idea to discuss the various kinds of eating disorders and the causes in the middle part of your paper. I think you should stick with women, because men's eating disorders may be a whole different issue and just complicate your paper.

In any essay you are trying to sell something. What is it you are trying to sell in this one?


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