I've mentioned perfection in a few blog posts. This one contains what I feel is some of the best information regarding how perfection relates to anorexia: http://trainingonempty.blogspot.com/2011/08/diane-israel-on-recovery.html
It's interesting to note that an attempt to be perfect can push some to do great things, but it can also paralyze others, preventing them from even attempting the task at hand.
The media shoves perfection (well, their/society's idea of it) down our throats with a constant barrage of images, commercials and damaging words. We are forced to idolize skinny, but look what it takes to get us to think thin is what we "should" admire:
We are either given normal people photoshopped down or "really thin and unwell" people touched up to look more healthy. It's no wonder the beauty industry is a multi-billion-dollar business, preying on all our insecurities.
The unfortunate side of striving for unrealistic and unhealthy goals in terms of looks and weight is that eating disorders are more likely to occur under these kinds of pressures. Obviously there is more to an eating disorder than media and peer influence, but these conditions don't help matters.
Because I have gone though these ideas quite a lot in my blog, I want to end this short post with a link to a blurb about a woman whose daughter died due to complications related to her eating disorder. The mother has taken it upon herself to make sure that her daughter's struggles aren't forgotten: