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Transcript of Unglorified Anorexia
By Julie Sherry
The True Image
The real consequences
...but if everyone wants to be thin, how can we expect an anorexic to be happy with her body?
Slumber Party Barbie
Causes and risk factors
A fatal disease...
You do not have to be thin to have anorexia, and just because someone is thin doesn't mean that they have anorexia.
For many anorexics, the onset of the disorder was caused by a traumatic event. When they felt a loss of control over many aspects of their life at one time, their automatic response was to gain control over something, and often that something is their food intake.
People with Anorexia Nervosa have a very distorted body image ideal. To them, they will never be good enough, or thin enough. They think they are a different size than they actually are.
Very often Anorexia is glorified. People often don't see how truly dangerous malnutrition can be. Sometimes people think, "Oh, I'll just cut down a little... skip a meal or two..." but they don't realize how that can turn into an eating disorder. It's an addiction.
A study in Hong Kong found that even though only 4.8% of girls studied were overweight, 85.2% wanted to weigh less.
~hair thinning, and falling out
~blotchy, yellow skin covered in fine hair
~severe bloating from laxatives
Some other causes and risk factors...
~negative self image
~constantly trying to be perfect, high achievers
~family members have weight issues
~often can't see worth in themselves
~don't like to eat around other people
~they tire very easily
~will stop at nothing to lose weight
~(in severe cases) girls lose their periods
Super Role Models
In the modeling business, if you are a size six, you would most likely be a plus size model.
Jennifer Lawrence said herself
"[Today in the media] I would be considered a fat actress"
AKA "Professional Anorexic"
The 10 Pro-Ana Commandments
1) If you aren't thin you aren't attractive.
2) Being thin is more important than being healthy.
3) You must buy clothes, cut your hair, take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make yourself look thinner.
4) Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.
5) Thou shall not eat fattening food without punishing oneself afterwards.
6) Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly.
7) What the scale says is the most important thing.
8) Losing weight is good/gaining weight is bad.
9) You can never be too thin.
10) Being thin and not eating are signs of true will power and success.
You get a little high from knowing you can skip a meal, that you have the willpower to stay hungry just a little bit longer. Then you see the results, a pound less, and it was gone pretty quickly... You can keep this up without hurting yourself right? You can control it. Then, when you reach your goal weight, you'll stop. Right?
Wrong. When you reach your goal weight you'll think about how "good" you look now... and maybe with just a few pounds less you could be even better. It's too late to turn back now. You'll never be good enough for Ana. She's got you. in the palm of her hand.
An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. 9 million women, 1 million men.
Up to 20% of anorexics die from the disorder. From malnourishment, and suicide.
Only 20% of sufferers receive treatment. Most are to ashamed to ask for help.
There are a range of treatment options for those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa.
In therapy patients must relearn:
~healthy expectations of weight
~how to feed themselves
~how to respect themselves
~how to express and handle their emotions
Even through a complete recovery, there is always the possibility of relapse.