Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists around the world and can result in severe co-morbidities and even death if left untreated. With the continued social stigma attached to eating disorders and in general, mental health disorders; often times it can be challenging to discern the truth from fiction. New innovations in treatment are continuously being published however the mainstream media often does not shed light on these important findings. Below are three published articles that had eating disorders professionals talking this week.
There are approximately 1.5 million active personnel in the United States military and approximately 200,00 of these are women. Additionally statistics reveal that there are 22 million U.S. veterans who have served in the military, which adds up to approximately seven percent of all living Americans who have served their country at some point in their lives. Whether serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, military personnel risk their lives to fight for our country. Mental health disorders such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder are relatively common in military members and studies have shown that approximately one in four active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition. Over the years the stigma of seeking help for a mental health disorder has changed dramatically. Military members are encouraged to speak to a counselor or a physician if they are experiencing signs of mental health disorder and studies have shown that 97% of military members who have sought help did not experience any negative career impact. In the past, unfortunately many individuals with mental health disorders would be discharged from the military however legislature has been put into place to protect our servicemen and women.
Fashion, runways, magazines and billboards are all saturated by tall, thin, beautiful women with flawless skin and perfect body shapes however the modeling industry is one of the most unhealthy industries worldwide. Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States and in a recent poll, 62 percent of models have reported being asked to lose weight or change the shape of their body in order to be hired by a modeling agency and these women were already underweight according to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Additional studies have shown that up to 18 percent of professional models report restrictions and up to 60 percent report bulimic episodes in the previous three months. The fashion industry promotes dieting and thinness as a sign of beauty which has resulted in many young girls going to extreme lengths to lose weight at any cost. The average model weighs 60 pounds less and is five inches taller than the average American woman. Recognizing the signs and symptoms associated with eating disorders, raising awareness, pushing for legislation within the modeling world and using your consumer power to choose which companies you purchase clothing from; can give the general public an upper hand over the fashion industry.
According to an article in the Washington Post, “A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. And a size 8 dress of 1958 doesn’t even have a modern-day equivalent — the waist and bust measurements of a Mad Men-era 8 come in smaller than today’s size 00”.
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists around the world and can result in severe co-morbidities and even death if left untreated. With the continued social stigma attached to eating disorders and in general, mental health disorders; often times it can be challenging to discern the truth from fiction. New innovations in treatment and new insights on eating disorders are continuously being published however the mainstream media often does not shed light on these important findings. Below are three published articles that had eating disorders professionals talking this week.
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If you are exploring eating disorder treatment program options for a loved one, you may already be feeling overwhelmed. So having to navigate the fine print in your insurance policy might seem like one more enormous hurdle you’ll have to confront. The good news is that the help you need could be just a phone call away. And there may be steps you can take to get the kind of coverage you need, right away, that you may not be aware of.
Reading Your Way to Recovery
If you or someone you love is going through the process of treatment for an eating disorder, you may be looking for more information than a casual Internet search can provide. This reading list should help. As a tribute to the “Voices of Recovery” theme for National Recovery Month, these informative publications provide more personal stories of recovery in great depth and detail. While reading is no substitute for an integrated holistic therapy program, many of these books offer strategies and inspiration for ED patients and their families.
Debunking the Myth: FAT Is Not a Feeling
In 2015, Facebook added a list of feelings, along with matching emoticons, to choose from when updating your status. Sadly, among those feelings was “fat”. The emoticon associated with the “fat” feeling was chubby-cheeked with a double chin. As you can imagine, this caused an uproar. Members of the eating disorder community voiced their concerns that this was a digital form of body shaming.
Find Out What Really Happens in BED?
How many times has your favorite television program been interrupted by a weight loss commercial? Ads for dieting pills and programs like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Hydroxycut, and Weight Watchers inundate our lives with promises of weight loss and body satisfaction. Programs like these consume our population with ideals of body images that are unattainable and often unhealthy for most people.
Think Again…Body Image Isn’t a Girl Thing
When we are asked to describe male traits, what words usually come to mind? Some would say “strong, tough, unemotional, powerful, aggressive, broad, fit, handsome”, and “protective.” These are just some of the words that society labels what the ideal man should be like.