According to the survey in GLAMOUR magazine it shows that out of 33,000 women 85% of them were not very happy with there body and over all appearance. Women would go as far as they can to look like the cover girl model. The results of this, is good for the distributors of diet pills, and the miracle drinks but at the same time it destroys the young women of America. What may start out to be a simple diet can turn into a deadly illness. Once a person starts by skipping meals, the illness starts off showing results with very fast weight loss.
They look in the mirror and do not see a skinny person, they see an overweight person. Their body perception is distorted. On the contrary, bulimics consume large amounts of food and induce vomiting to expel it. They have an “out of control” feeling when they are eating. They often feel guilty about overeating.
What I didn’t know is that it has a 20% percent death rate and that is high!!! I know it’s a disease that many people battle; by the millions, but to the point of so many deaths. Resources 1)LIRN – go.galeogroup Eating Disorders 101 2)Natenshon, A. MA, LCSW, GCFP(2012) Battling an Eating Disorder: When Bulimia Becomes a True American Idol Sized Problem 3)Johnson et al. (1984) Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 13
Their body images are severely distorted. They're the most talked about and the best studied eating disorders, and researchers estimate that nearly seven million women in the United States suffer from either anorexia or bulimia. But there's a newly recognized condition known as binge-eating disorder that is now considered the most common eating disorder. In the U.S. population, it has a frequency of about one to four out of every one hundred people. Although eating disorders afflict women much more often than they do men, it is estimated that about one million American men suffer from either anorexia or bulimia, and millions more have binge-eating disorder.
An eating disorder is defined as "a dangerous and intense striving to become thin (Macionis 350). Even though it has been found that "95% of people who suffer anorexia or bulimia are woman, mostly from white, relatively affluent families" (Macionis 350), "the pre-occupation and obsession with food are not limited to women" (Meadow 24). Although some men also deal with eating disorders, most research has been done on women. In 1985, 95% of women felt they were overweight, while only 25% were actually considered medically overweight (Marshall 124). By the age of thirteen approximately 53% of females are unhappy with their bodies, and by the age of eighteen approximately 78% are unhappy (Marshall 124).
Though these concerns are good, excessive concern for thinness is also a major problem (like Bulimia “a fear of obesity”.) June Engel (1993) illustrated that once you have an eating disorder sadly many remain eating – disordered and dissatisfied with themselves for life. Bulimics share the anorexic’s fear of losing control, being depressed, and obsessed with weight loss. Bulimics start on restricted diets but can never stick to them, and occupy their time in cycles of restricted eating, binging and self-inflicting vomiting and purging. They use a lot of laxatives, diuretics and sometimes even ipecac syrup (to force themselves to vomit.)
Sheena was just one of the alarming numbers of young women who become obsessed with the shape and size of their bodies, and suffer harmful, or in this case, fatal effects from eating disorders. At any given time, almost one out of every two women is on some sort of a diet, and this statistic is apparently reflected the revenues of the diet industry, currently a $33 billion a year industry. It should be noted that this estimate does not include profits generated by exercise or workout programs, gyms, health clubs, or cosmetic surgery. A recent national survey in the US reveled that the majority of women, when asked what would make them happiest, choose thinness over all other choices, even such thing as job promotion, romance, prestige and power. In fact, more women feared becoming fat, then feared dying.
Most researchers and physicians agree that the number of patients with this life threatening disease is increasing at an alarming rate. Garfinkle & Garner (1990) define anorexia as “an emotional disorder characterized by an intense fear of becoming obese, lack of self-esteem and distorted body image which results in self-induced starvation”. The development of this disease generally peaks between the age of 14 to 18 but can occur later in life and is not uncommon to see it in women in to their early 40’s. Garfinkle & Garner (1990) state that recent estimates suggest that 1% of American girls between this age span will develop anorexia to some degree. It has also propagated in many college campuses, and it is spreading.
Cause of Eating Disorders In America, today we often hear of people who suffer from illness such as cancer, aids etc. what we often don’t hear about is the illness that effects a lot of people each year that being eating disorders. Whenever I hear about eating disorders it remains me of one of my cousin who had suffered from anorexia. It all started when her family and acquaintances started to say that she was fat and chubby. In her family everyone is very slim and tall so her brothers started teasing and calling her fatty and used to say that she need to loose weight otherwise nobody will marry her or even wants to be with her.
Eating Disorders: Behind the scene Many citizens in the United States and other parts of the world fight with weight and body image issues. Most exercise and eat healthy to help their problems. Some take a more unhealthy and sometimes deadly route. An estimated five million people are affected by eating disorders each year (Alters & Schiff, 2003, p.36). Eating disorders are more common among females.