When Women eat differently
I am a true believer, that there is no such thing as too much awareness, for any matter. To this day many women still struggle with their own image. Women have been fighting for their rights and their quality in all areas of life. Still, somehow, when it comes down to the basics, when it comes down to food women become most fragile. Despite all their strength and determination, women are still the leading victim of eating disorder.
Over the past years terms such as anorexia and bulimia, have been integrated in our day to day conversations. New eating disorders were discovered and quickly named. The constant pressure on women and their appearance show deep scares.
Eating disorder – It is contagious
Statistics from Anad.org report that abnormal eating habits in Non-Western countries starts to increase. The research shows that the prevalence is much lower than in the Western countries, yet it is clearly increasing. The introduction of the media, including TV Shows and magazines has an effect on women’s self-image, regardless of their cultural background.
Sometime ago this video below went viral on social media. I can see why. It helps to understand how much impact we can have on one another, but more so on ourselves.
The only solution for each individual can only be to be kind and not judgmental, towards themselves and others. In my opinion, the media admitted their guilt when starting to put more real women on their magazines and screens. Even though it did not really last for long. I think it is the fact that you give that much attention to someone’s body shape, that confuses everyone. Regardless of your size and form. If we are constantly surrounded by more womanly body shapes, we basically create yet another image. Any ideal image is destructive for us.
What about diversity? This relay relates to more than just the body shape. It looks at gender, sexual preference, race, etc. Diversity creates a new goal that everybody will hopefully try to achieve. Looking at the difference, constantly being reminded of the variation make us understand uniqueness. It encourages the pride of being unique.
Do you have an eating disorder?
Here are some thoughts that can indicate whether you might be at risk of an eating disorder:
Do you feel like you need to control the portion size of your meals, or you even leave them out?
Do you often eat alone? Do you avoid eating with other people?
Do you have rituals when you eat your food? Are you following rules and guidelines?
Do you love to cook, but you don’t join the table afterwards? Do you use excuses, such as that you already ate whilst you
were preparing the food?
Are you rigorously reading fat content and calories on food packaging?
Do you know the calories of most of the foods?
Are you eating, even though you do not feel hungry anymore?
Do you eat until you are so exhausted that you fall asleep?
Do you feel disgusted about yourself after you ate?
Do you use laxatives, diet pills or any medications to loose weight?
Do you follow a vigorous exercise regime, and if you miss out feel useless and like a failure?
Do you feel bad about eating a so called unhealthy food, and are you trying to compensate with not eating or excessive
Are you using any compensation for not eating? Do you reward yourself for staying away from food?
Do you often feel forced to eat, whether by friends or family?
If you answer more than two of the above questions, please make sure to see a doctor. Those questions are not an indication that you have an eating disorder, however they could warn that you might be at a risk.
Do not replace any information in this article with an actual doctor consultation.