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The Pointe of Starving

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Jenna Kamlet

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The Pointe of Starving Why are ballerinas more susceptible to eating disorders and what can be done to protect them from developing disordered eating habits? By Jenna Kamlet What's On the Menu? Breakfast 1/2 Grapefruit and 1 Cup of Cheerios with Water (Instead of Milk) Lunch 1/2 Bagel with Light Cream Cheese Dinner 1.5 Cups of Salad with Vegetables, 1/4 Cup of Grilled Chicken and Lemon Juice Dancing with Death Anorexia nervosa is 10 times more prevalent in ballerinas. Anorexia is not the only eating disorder that is common among ballerinas...studies have also found that bulimia is extremely prevalent. Ballerinas are not an exception to the "rule" "Everything has become more streamline." -Benn and Walters Road to Recovery Finding a Solution "Black Swan" Ballerinas are exposed to “cultural expectations that tell them in order to be successful and beautiful, they must also be very thin.” -Kelso As of 2003, only 18% of dancers were being educated about nutrition Ballet schools and professional companies need to inform ballerinas about the prevalence of eating disorders and the negative consequences that can result, such as increased risk of injury. With help from the Medical Advisory Board and health professionals, American Ballet Theater published a book called "The Healthy Dancer: ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health." References Food nutrition choices for healthy eating choices. (2013). Calorie count. Retrieved from http://caloriecount.about.com Minden, E. G. (2005). The ballet companion. New York: Simon and Schuster. Ringham, R., Klump, K., Kaye, W., Stone, D., Libman, S., Stowe, S., & Marcus, M. (2006). Eating disorder symptomatology among ballet dancers. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39(6), 503-508. doi:10.1002/eat.20299 Kelso, P. T. (2003). Behind the curtain: The body, control, and ballet. Retrieved from http://www.siue.edu/sociology/EJS/v32kelso.htm Skinny ballet dancer. (2013, January). Starlit pathway. Retrieved from http://25.media.tumblr.com/1d4ba1e20e1102a1bd69ae25eef63a72/tumblr_mf33tgbST91r9ipz7o1_1280.jpg Natalie Portman is not defending her eating abits well enough. (2011). The gloss. Retrieved from http://cdn.thegloss.com/files/2010/12/black-swan-natalie-portman-photo5-490x326.jpg Mila Kunis in Black Swan. (2012, August 4). TwarovskY, Mila Kunis in Black Swan. Retrieved from http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m888hkGQTv1rs1ef6o1_1280.jpg Allingham, M. K. (2012, October 29). Thinspriation-Black Swan. [Video file]. Retrieved from American Ballet Theater. (2011). ABT: Education and training. Retrieved from http://www.abt.org/education/healthydancer.asp Questions? The Media The Make-Up The Mind Disordered Eating Habits + Additional Stressors = Eating Disorder Weight Preoccupation Body Dissatisfaction Perfectionism "Eat nothing." -George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet Public Humiliation Appearance Clauses Mirrors and Leotards Psychological Factors ...Of the Ballet World Anshel, M. H. (2004). Sources of disordered eating patterns between ballet dancers and non-dancers. Journal Of Sport Behavior, 27(2), 115-133. Benn, T., & Walters, D. (2001). Between Scylla and Charybdis. Nutritional education versus body culture and the ballet aesthetic: the effects on the lives of female dancers. Research In Dance Education, 2(2), 139-154. doi:10.1080/14647890120100773 Ballerinas have anorexia and should gain some weight. (2012, April 17). Earth review. Retrieved from http://earthreview.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/tumblr_lf70fmwAbz1qfeckko1_500.jpg Holmes, K. (2013, March 8). Battling body dysmorphia. Retrieved from http://www.dancespirit.com/2013/03/battling-body-dysmorphia/ Price, B. R., & Pettijohn II, T. F. (2006). The effect of ballet dance attire on body and self-perceptions of female dancer. Social behavior & personality: An international journal, 34(8), 991-998. Greenberg, J. (1979). The turning point: Ballerinas and diet. Science News, 115(23), 376.
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