Eating Disorders

two words… that i still dont get why they even have them…
the stereotype of beauty is being skinny…
eating disorders are severe disturbances in eating behavior characterized by peroccupation with weight concerns and unhealthy effort to control weight. the vast majority of cases consist of two sometimes overlapping sydromes: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

anorexia nervosa involves intense fear of gaining weight, disturbed body image, refusal to maintain normal body weight, and dangerous measures to lose weight. two subtypes have been observed. in restricting type anorexia nervosa, people drastically reduce their food intake, sometimes literally starving themselves. in binge-eating/purging type anorexia nervosa, individuals attempt to lose weight by forcing themselves to to vomit after meals, by misusing laxatives and diuretics, and by engaging in excessive exercise

both types suffer from distrubed body image. no matter how frail they become, they insist that they are too fat. their morbid fear of obesity means that they are never satisified with their weight. if they gain a pound or two, they panic. the only thing that makes them happy is to lose more weight. the frequent result is the relentless decline in body image; people who are entering treatment for anorexia nervosa are typically 25-30% below the normal weight. because of their disturbed body image, individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa generally do not appreciate the maladaptive quality of their behavior and rarely seek treatment on their own. they are typically coaxed or coerced into treatment by friends or family member who is alarmed by their appearence.

anorexia nervosa eventually leads to a cascade of medical problems, including amenorrhea, loss of menstrual cycles, gastronintesinal problems, low blood pressure, osteroporosis, and metabolic disturbances that can lead to cardic arrest or circulatory collapse. anorexia is a serious illness that leads to death in 5-10% of patients.

bulimia nervosa involves habitually engaging in out-of control overeating followed by unhealthy compensatory efforts, such as selfinduced vomiting, fasting, abuse of laxatives and diuretics, and excessive exercise. the eating binges are usually carried out in secret and are followed by intense guilt and conern about gaining weight. these feelings motivate ill advised strategies to undo the effects of overeating. however vomiting prevents absorption of only about half of the recent consumed food, and the laxative and diuretics have negligible impact on caloric intake, so individuals suffering from bulimia nervosa typically maintain a reasonably normal weight. medical problems associated with bulimia nervosa include cardic arrythmia, dental problems, metabolic deficiencies, and gastrointestinal problems.

obviously bulimia nervosa shares many features with anorexia nervosa, such as a morbid fear of becoming obese, preoccupation with food, and a rigid maladaptive approaches to controlling weight that are grounded in naive all-or-none thinking. however the sydromes also differ in crucial ways. first and foremost, bulimia is a much less life-threatening conidition. second, although their appearance is usually more normal than seen with anorexia, people with bulimia are much more likely to recognize that their eating behavior is pathological and are more likely to cooperate with treatment

so where in the torah, the bible, or the qur’an does it say that fat people are ugly or skinny people are beautiful? thin is not the new beautiful. i hate it when people think like that. young women are comparing themselve to the girls in the media. otherwise they wont get men to love then. look at queen latifah, shes big and beautiful and a successful woman.

beauty should come from within because, as i said earlier looks fade very easily. we dont have to look a certain way to be beautiful because we are all beautiful in our own way. i think people who are anorexic and bulimic should try to focus more on their intelligence and kindness because in the end only those two things will matter more, much, much more than beauty.

“in the end, only kindness matters.”

4 Responses to “Eating Disorders”

  1. I just read your blog on eating disorders and I just felt the need to respond with my own view on the situation. The media is not the sole cause of eating disorders EVER. Almost every single person with an eating disorder has a far deeper reason for it stemming from low self esteem and traumatic life experiences. A huge proportion of teenagers, male and female with eating disorders have suffered from some kind of emotional, physical or sexual abuse and feel worthless, alone and unloved because of it. They seek comfort in the relentless struggle to be thin and achive targets as their only consolation from a life of misery and often depression. Yes, regrettably the media does play a role in the development of eating disorders, providing so called “thinspo” for the sufferer, but images in the media would never be the only reason for a person’s eating disorder. I know a huge amount of people, both friends and family members who have suffered from either anorexia nervosa or bulimia and every single one of them has reasons far from the likes of the media.

    Eating disorders are about self control and the ability to feel proud of yourself, and it is a very rare occurence and a huge mistake to believe that it is just a person’s desire to look like a celebrity. This is possible why sufferers of eating disorders are treated negatively a lot of the time because there is a lack of recognition and understanding of the true reasons behind their problems.

  2. sweetangel16175 Says:

    no i agree, its not only the media… there are difinitely other factors….
    and i agree that eating disorders are about self control… one of my friends gaining like 10 pounds in one semester because she was having trouble with her mom and she felt that the only thing she could control was her weight…

  3. You say a lot of true things. I’m glad I read this post, but I should say that I nearly clicked the back button after the first couple of sentences. Lack of capital letters for I and the start of sentences is something the really annoys me. I end up focussing on the way things are written rather than what they’re saying.

    I also agree with Hannah. The media can trigger eating disorders, but so can a lot of other things. Media does not cause eating disorders; those that develop disorders have a natural predisposition towards them that they’re born with.

  4. berecka Says:

    well intentioned, and I do agree that beauty comes from within. But I will dispute that, first, Bulimia is less life-threatening. Have a think about it. Second, that people with eating disorders are naive. Certainly they are thought disordered, but go to any clinic and you may find that people with eating disorders are not necessarily naive! I would argue that, in general, they hae a life-threatening disease. Third, I strongly feel that intelligence is given much more credence than it deserves. Intelligence is such a small part of who we are, and yet, for people with ED’s (including myself – I am in recovery), the mind/intelligence is the last thing we need! Sound crazy? I am talking bypassing the mind and talking/being from the soul. Ie, spirituality (not nec religion). I have to admit, no one shared been an ounce of healing wisdom about this stuff, unless they have bee there themselves. It is complex, and quite frankly, pride is a very small part. Recovery is life-long. Be well.

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