August 20, 2013

Tell Me What You Think ~

For the last few months I have been doing quite a bit of research on Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia.  What I've discovered is very thought provoking. Tell me what you think:

Now I don't want to see men prancing around in tighty-whities or any other undergarment they may choose but obviously young boys aren't seeing any expectations growing up like young girls.  The commercials for Hanes shows men fully covered in both boxers and t-shirts, modesty seems to be the message even Michael Jordan endorses. With that being said Eating Disorders are not gender specific.  One out of every 8 American afflicted with an eating disorder is male. Boys who participate in sports with emphasis on weight such as swimming and wrestling are more prone to develop an eating disorder.  Many parents will overlook their son's ED tendencies as simply being a picky eater.  Feelings of isolation further push young men away from seeking help believing these disorders are uniquely female.  

Can you imagine a Sex Symbol like Raquel Welch worried she was too skinny? If only Victoria's Secrets felt the same way. When Raquel Welch was her prime her weight has been reported as being 118-125.  At 5'6" that would put her Body Mass Index (BMI) at 19-20.4 which lands her in the normal weight category 18.5-24.9 according to the National Institute of Health. Compare that to some of today's  sex symbols:
Nina Agdal SI Swimsuit model 5'9" 120lbs BMI 17.7
Cameron Diaz 5'9" 119 BMI 17.6
Taylor Swift 5'11" 130 BMI  18.1
According to Victoria Secret their average model is 5'9" and weighs 112, depending upon when they're weighed.  If weighed before a show models are known to drop up to 10 pounds before going down the runway putting their BMI at 16.5 before shows, dangerously low. Anything below 17.5 is considered anorexic. I acknowledge that overall health is more important than a BMI score. 

Women Are Dying to be Thin - Media Influence on Eating Disorders

In July of this year artist Nickolay Lamm of created a news sensation when he revealed his"Normal Barbie".  His normal Barbie was based on the measurements of the average 19 year old.  Mattel's Barbie would have the unrealistic measurements of 36-18-33 Lamm's Barbie measures 32-31-33. My only complaint is that he left the near impossible thigh gap, though at least his Barbie's feet aren't touching.  I challenge you to do a google search for Thigh Gap.  I guarantee you the results will reveal page upon page of news agencies reporting on this trend right next to tumblr, facebook groups and other links offering crazy work outs and diets  so girls can obtain what their bodies weren't designed to have.  If you dig deep enough you'll find plastic surgeons offering procedure so "women" can have the perfect legs with a thigh liposuction or a thigh lift.  FYI to determine if you have a thigh gap you have to stand with your feet together wearing no more than panties and they want a gap not a crack.

In addition to the deficiencies listed in the infographic Anorexics and Bulimics will abuse laxatives which can result in a myriad of medical complications.  It is not uncommon for them to develop hemorrhoids due to this abuse. 

Scary statistics from the National Eating Disorder Association:
  • Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.
  • Only 35% of people with eating disorders  who receive treatment get it at a specialized facility for eating disorders.About 80% of girls and women who have accessed care for their eating disorders do not get the intensity of treatment they need to stay in recovery–they are often sent home weeks earlier than the recommended stay.
  • 96% of eating disorder professionals believe their anorexic patients are put in life-threatening situations because their health insurance policies mandate early discharge.

Think society may have something to do with the amount of kids and adults suffering from eating disorders?
Please Please Please if you or anybody you know is suffering from an eating disorder please seek professional help. Even if you aren't sure and have the tiniest inkling that something is going on speak up. And always know that I am here to support you every step of the way.

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