Eating Disorder Or Diet, Anorexia and Bulimia.....

This is probably one of the hardest Hubs that I have ever written because it hits too close to home, yet needs to be said. We live in a society that constantly bombards us with what they see beauty to be. Everyday more and more youth will be affected by the disease. To my knowledge the youngest person to die from anorexia was 12 years old. IT'S TIME TO STOP........

Lindsay Lohan (movie star) and bulimia

Jeremy Gillitzer (model) dead at 38 because of anorexia and bulimia.

Princess Diana suffered with Bulimia

Origins of Eating Disorders

Although there is documentation to support evidence of anorexia in the 1 7th century England it was not considered an eating disorder. It was not until 1870 while professor Ernest Lasegue was studying what was considered to be a peculiar case of a woman by the name of Catherine of Siena. Catherine would restrict herself to eating only herbs and would sometimes use a twig or feather to make herself vomit, Saint Catherine of Siena saw this not as an ailment but a spiritual walk to get closer to god, Professor Lasegue saw it different and identified it as an illness. It took 100 years from that point until anorexia nervousa was spoken of publicly in 1970.

Through my research I came across two Roman emperors Vitellius and Claudius who are known for being bulimic. It is said that they would eat huge meals and then vomit to make room for the next feast. It seems that eating disorders of some type have been around for quite some time.


Anorexia and Bulimia Nervousa Today

It is believed that around 11 million youth suffer from anorexia nervousa today, and the cases are rising.

Quote: " According to the first nationally representative study of eating disorders in the United States, which appeared in the February 2007 edition of Biological Psychiatry, 1.5 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men reported suffering from bulimia in their lifetime "

The main difference between anorexia and bulimia is that the bulimic eats large quantities of food and then purge or vomit to keep from gaining weight, whereas the anorexic eats small quantities or not at all. Both disorders employ laxatives and enemas. It is believed that the anorexic has a distorted view of themselves and fear getting fat.There is no one answer to what causes these conditions.One thing that I do know is that it is not always about being skinny.

I attended an eating disorder group at Sheppard pratt for about a year, every morning around 8am I would drive there and spend the day in different sessions (group and alone). Some of the patients there were bulimic and others like me were anorexic, one thing that I found is that we all had different reasons for being there.Each of us were set on that path for a different reason. For me it started off when I watched my sister hang out of a window and burn to death when I was a kid..... later as I got older and became a mom my teenage son was innocently murdered, that is what pushed me over the edge and things just got out of hand. As stupid as it may sound it was about control for me. I guess in some bazaar way I felt that if I couldn't control what went on outside of me i would control what went on inside. Man only thinks he knows what set a person's path but there can be many factors and no matter how good a parent or friend you are there is nothing that you can do about it because it's not about you. All you can do is be supportive and guide your loved one or friend in the right direction. We all fall down but we canget back up. This is a disease that we must get a handle on before it;s too late." One percent of teenage girls in the U.S. develop an eating disorder and up to 10% of them may die as a result to the disease.

It's Not A Fashion Statement

While looking for statistics for the completion of this Hub I had the dissatisfaction of coming across a web site that brought me no joy. The name of the site is Pro Ana, at the very beginning of the sight they give a warnings to the onlookers :

" P lease, if you do not already have an eating disorder, turn back now. If you are in recovery, turn back now. Anorexia is a deadly disease. It is not to be taken lightly."

They give you what may be a mandatory warning only to glorify their illness. They say stay away and yet they continue to spread their poison. Pro-Ana means Pro-Anorexic and they are proud of it. As you can see from the pictures posted I can't for the life of me figure out why they would want to expose themselves. These people have chosen their eating disorder as a way of life,one that they choose not to change. And if that's not bad enough they have the nerve to advertise diet pills.The whole sight is filled with diet ads. They let the clients know that they can have their pills shipped to them via FedEx and that no prior perscription is required. I guess it's nice to know that someone is helping to keep the sick sicker.It scares me to know that these things are available to anyone with access to a credit or debit card.

This disease can and will kill you, if you are going through and want to get out just reach out.....you're not alone.


Photo source: pictures.com

© 2010 loveofnight

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