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Eating Disorders “describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape” (Eating Disorder Hope, Read more Eating Disorders).
Among the strategies to overcome these problems are:
- Prevention is better than cure, for example, working on self-esteem with young people, based on real and constant dialogue, mutual understanding, and active listening.
- Practise what you preach: Parents who want their kids to develop healthy eating habits must lead by example, showing them that we should not get obsessed with food, body weight or shape by eating a healthy, varied, and balanced diet. Let’s show that we really believe it when we say that we are more than just our bodies.
- Recognise the problem. Recognizing the problem is the first step to understanding it and fixing it.
- Identify and treat underlying problems: low self esteem, fear of growing up, insecurity, unhealthy perfectionism, peer pressure, etc.
- Get informed, consult a healthcare professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, nutritionist, etc.), and an association focused on eating disorders, such as Eating Disorder Hope. It “offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorder treatment providers.”
- Families should be actively involved in their offspring’s treatment.
- Learn about the importance of a healthy balanced diet and moderate exercise, as well as the dangers of diets without medical supervision. Health, well being, and happiness are all about the quality of our relationships with others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and promoting appropriate eating behaviours.
- Social pressure. We must ask our existing authorities to move forward and regulate against “miracle” products intended for weight loss (for example, those products should not be allowed to be presented as miraculous or having nutritional properties that they do not really have), the homologation of sizing in clothing, etc.
The media has a big impact on eating disorders, cosmetic surgeries, and low self-esteem. Fight the media’s image of beauty by remembering that inner beauty counts for quite a lot and that success should not be measured by power, beauty, fame or wealth, but by the obstacles you have overcome in order to to reach your goals and the impact you make on the lives of others.
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