As many of you know, I have a personal history with disordered eating. I have had an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise for almost a decade now.
While I've recovered from EDNOS (my official diagnosis years ago, because I met all criterea for anorexia except for being underweight, and that's by BMI's standards, mind you) for years now, I still have a tendency to obsess about what I'm eating.
It makes me sad to know how NOT ALONE I am in this. I wish that there weren't so many people who are currently suffereing or have suffered from an eating disorder.
Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder)
in the U.S.
|I think that the "fat" image she sees looks pretty thin and beautiful!|
That's a pretty big number. That one doesn't surprise me or sadden me nearly as much as this one:
Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as
skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting,
and taking laxatives.
Over one half??? Nearly one third??? REALLY???
The pressure to be thin astounds me. And I still feel the pressure myself sometimes, unfortunately.
The only thing that I can do to help these teens is to be a good role model. I quit smoking, I recovered from an eating disorder, I lost weight in a healthy way with good eating and moderate exercise. I don't constantly talk about food and my body. (Yes, I do on this blog, but that's because this is a healthy living blog!)
What are you doing to be a good role model for children who may be susceptable to eating disorders?
Here's one that I still need to keep myself in check about:
The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.
|Yes, I used Sarah Michelle Gellar as an example, because |
I used to strive for a body like hers.
5 % of American women have the natural ability to look like Sarah Michelle Gellar or Alyssa Milano (I use examples of skinny and beautiful actresses from two of my favorite TV shows).
The rest of us are NOT MEANT TO BE THAT SKINNY. End of story.
We do have some options:
1) Spend the rest of our lives trying to get there, or
2) Accept our bodies.
I say that we go for option #2. What do you think?