Friday, February 06, 2009

The "F" word. "Fat", that is.




Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States are highlighting Eating Disorders Awareness in the month of February.

The statistics regarding the prevalence and fallout from these disorders are eye-opening. And as more societal pressure is placed on the ideal look, more unhealthy behaviors are emerging in females and males. And starting at even younger ages. Orthnorexia and Compulsive Exercising are two that come to my mind as I write this post.

Much goes into who we are - and genetics sets the stage for body size, bone structure and shape. Being healthy and fit is what it's all about.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an Eating Disorder, help is available.

Remember, vive la différence! How boring would the world be if we all looked alike.


26 comments:

OHN said...

I think body image is one of the biggest hurdles for most people. When I look at photos of myself from 20 years ago...when I thought I was "fat", I see a slender woman that really needed to buy a clue...because she didn't have one.

Dr. Deb said...

I totally agree with you. When I look at photos, I felt "fat" as well. And was even told that by others. Now if only I could get back to that "old fat weight". Not for looks purposes, but for health. My blood pressure is up these days.

PTC said...

I was actually looking at the NEDA website today, trying to find any NEDAW events in NYC, and can you believe I couldn't find any? Not one! There was one on LI and that was it. You'd think NY would have more going on. Strange.

Wanda's Wings said...

I too wish I could be my old "fat" weight. But back 20 years ago I had a eating disorder.

PTC said...

I'm still trying to figure out when and how you decide that you're finally ready to not have an eating disorder anymore...and wishing it didn't have to be so difficult.

phd in yogurtry said...

Orthnorexia -- a new term for me. Thanks for the info.

About looking at pics of myself 20 years ago ... it makes me really REALLY anxious about 20 years from now! Yikes.

Dreaming again said...

I'd forgotten this was ED awareness month. I'm so weary of the subject.

Too much.

Teresa Lynne said...

I've heard about Orthnorexia - pretty new to me..just found this eating disorder in the news recently.

I think it is beyond "Too Healhty." I saw a guy on 20/20 who ate completely healthy "Foods" but his daily calories didn't go over like 500 a day...by eating only healthy foods.

Good post and video.

The Lone Beader said...

I have discovered that beading (not eating) is making me fat. :o

jenji said...

hey deb.

off topic and feel free to delete this post if you like for being off topic, but you had asked about some of my works a few times here and there, so i've finally posted just a small selection of some of my films from back in the day of film school and the links are at my blog in the right column under: jenji's film works.

they are psychologically conceptualized, so i think you might find them of some interest.

and thanks for that interest, as well as for this day where I finally had the time to upload them.

be well,
jenji

Lisa Marie said...

While I don't have an ED, I constantly struggle with the fear of fat. I used to weigh about 250 lbs through HS and most of college, then halfway during my junior year in college I flipped a switch and lost 80 lbs in the last 18 months of my college career. While I plateaued there and have been stuck for almost 3 years now I am so afraid of gaining that weight back. Even the idea of having children in the future is something that automatically triggers my "oh my gosh that's going to make me gain weight" thought. While being healthy and fit is what it's all about, training your brain to battle the "F" word is probably the harder struggle for most.

jumpinginpuddles said...

for those wanting to see how we are in the victorian fires there is a blog up about what we went throguh and are going through

Leesa said...

I look at photos of me 15 years ago, and the first think I think is, "Oh, how skinny I was." When I was in my 20s, I don't ever think I would have had that thought.

Oh, and I was reading in the current issue of Wired Magazine - I don't normally read it - they had a two page article that showed the BMI of both the average woman in the US (it has gone up from the 1960s) and the BMI of the Monthly Playboy Playmates. Yeah, the playmates BMI has gone down over the same timeframe.

Tiptoe said...

Deb, thanks for highlighting that it is EDAw week is coming up. So many people struggle with body image, even if it is not clinically an eating disorder. "Fat" in our society seems so unacceptable, and I'm not sure when and how that's really going to change among the masses.

Dr. Deb said...

I saw the BMI article and thought it was interesting too. And yes, many, men women, boys and girls, struggle with self image. We are all beautiful and need to celebrate our uniqueness.

Deb S. said...

I am another one who wishes she could get back to her "old fat" weight. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Anonymous said...

So true!


:: Jeremy ::

Ms.L said...

It's amazing the tricks we allow our minds to play on us regarding how we look.
I notice that when I go for a walk,I feel thinner. Yet the minute I enjoy a treat,I feel like I'm obese.Even if it's on the same day,or within the same hour! It's weird!

Tracy said...

It is so sad in truth, because i do not know one woman out there including myself who is continually worried about weight, or how they look. It is hard to like how you look, and who you are when everywhere you look in society one is told you are not good enough. I have been dealing with this issue for as long as i can remember. At age 12 i can remember being worried if i was pretty enough. How sad. Thank you for sharing this post!

Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for another great awareness-raiser! Since my rib injury, I've definitely gained some weight. But, I'm gonna try not to get too freaked out about it. Gotta go for balance.

Id it is said...

Would you say that self image is perhaps the most important criterion for happiness?
As always a very informative post Deb!

Ian Lidster said...

The whole repulsive body image thing is ghastly. I really feel for kids today, and we have only ourselves to blame.

Dr. Deb said...

Self image is a big part of finding happiness. But not all of it. And yes, I fear we as a society have to undue what's been "the message" for a long time.

therapydoc said...

Oh, the self-esteem thing!

Awake In Rochester said...

I have an eating disorder. I like food to much, and have a slow metabolism. lol

"How boring would the world be if we all looked alike." Thank you for saying that!

Clueless said...

On my blog, Monday through Friday with Tuesday having the bulk of the information was dedicated to this week as National Eating Disorders week.

March 1, 2009 is National Self-Injury Awareness Day and I already have my post written.