Eating Disorders

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well, Virginia Woolf.

Eat to live, do not live to eat, Anonymous.

Our modern society is obsessed with wealth, youth, and sexuality. There is a multi-million dollar industry devoted only to making us look younger. Even worse, the new ideal woman is a pale and extremely thin person with large breasts. Models and celebrities are so thin that they look like they are suffering from anorexia.

Many people believe that happiness and success are linked to physical appearance. Therefore, it is no wonder that eating disorders have spread across the globe like a virus in an epidemic.

“Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50 percent of these people also meet the criteria for depression,” Do Something, 11 Facts About Eating Disorders. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, as high as 20%.

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One of the main problems is the excessive importance of external beauty as being a key factor in attracting partners and overall success throughout life. Self-esteem is linked with beauty. This usually arises at puberty. It may also be triggered by the stress and pressure of daily life, pregnancy, divorce, job loss, etc.

Besides the social factors previously discussed (where media and advertising have a decisive and perverse influence), several factors related to eating disorders have been identified: genetic factors, personal traits (self-esteem, perfectionism) and family factors (rigidity, lack of conflict resolution, over-protectiveness).

There are several types of disorders, the most common are:

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Author: Anawim

I am a social activist. I have two Bachelor's degrees, Maths and Computer & Software Engineering. I also have a Ph.D. in Psychology. I have written nine published books, four scientific articles, and five scientific presentations. I simply want to contribute to making a difference where it counts, so that we make the world a better, more sustainable, prosperous, and fairer place. I am always willing to give free talks and lectures about the social problems that exist in our world today.

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