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Eating Disorders

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well, Virginia Woolf.

Our modern society is obsessed with wealth, youth, and sexuality. There is a multi-million dollar industry devoted only to making us look younger. Even worse, the new ideal woman is a pale and extremely thin person with large breasts. Models and celebrities are so thin that they look like they are suffering from anorexia.

Many people believe that happiness and success are linked to physical appearance. Therefore, it is no wonder that eating disorders have spread across the globe like a virus in an epidemic.

“Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50 percent of these people also meet the criteria for depression,” Do Something, 11 Facts About Eating Disorders. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, as high as 20%.

Eat to live, do not live to eat

Eat to live, do not live to eat

One of the main problems is the excessive importance of external beauty as being a key factor in attracting partners and overall success throughout life. Self-esteem is linked with beauty. This usually arises at puberty. It may be triggered by the stress and pressure of modern life, specially with pregnancy, illness, divorce, job loss, etc.

Besides the social factors previously discussed (where social media and advertising have a decisive and perverse influence), several factors have been identified related to eating disorders: genetic factors, personal traits (self-esteem, perfectionism) and family factors (rigidity, lack of conflict resolution, over-protectiveness).

There are several types of disorders, the most common are:

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