Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Body Positive Post #11: Eating Disorders Discussion

Body Positive Post #11: Eating Disorders Discussion

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For today’s BOPO post I want to touch base on a really serious subject; eating disorders.  I first would like to say that these eating disorders can happen to anyone, they do not discriminate whether you are male or female, or what background/color you are.  There are mortalities associated with eating disorders.  A lot of people would not understand unless they knew someone or went through it themselves.  There are different types of eating disorders.  What is sad is reading up on all of the statistics and mortality rates and knowing that some little girl, someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone’s girlfriend, someone’s friend, will die or suffer from an eating disorder.  I’ve been exposed to eating disorders at their worst, and let me tell you, it’s horrible to see someone you care about in so much mental pain that they do this to their bodies.  I myself when I was younger had weight problems which turned into crazy diets, or binge eating and then working out for hours.  Then there were a few times where I went a week or two without eating.  My issue is I was never one of the skinny girls.  I was always a little heavier/average and I was made fun of for it.  That teasing still sits heavy in my heart for my weight, and it definitely has affected the way I see myself today.  What I see in the mirror is most likely not what y’all see.  I eat healthier now, and to be honest I don’t care too much about eating junk food or food that is sooooo deliciously bad for you.  My take on it is I can’t beat myself up over the fact that I enjoy food and every once in a while I’ll gain a few pounds.  Below is information I got from these two websites Eating Disorder Hope and National Eating Disorders.  I just figured I would educate everyone a little bit on research that I found interesting to help this BOPO movement.  This is for everyone to understand why so many men and women out there are talking about being body positive and are trying to inspire other people out there.

Anorexia Nervosa
  • Inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low
  • Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight
  • Self esteem overly related to body image
  • Inability to appreciate the severity of the situation

Anorexia Nervosa Statistics
  • Estimated that 1.0% to 4.2% of women have suffered from anorexia in their lifetime
  • Has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness
  • Is estimated that 4% of anorexic individuals die from complications of the disease
  • Only one third of individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa obtain treatment
  • Binge-Eating/Purging Type involves binge eating and/or purging behaviors during the last 3 months
  • Restricting Type does not involve binge eating or purging

Binge Eating Disorder
  • Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting
  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episodes
  • Feelings of strong shame or guilt regarding the binge eating
  • Indications that the binge eating is out of control, such as eating when not hungry, eating to the point of discomfort, or eating alone because of shame about the behavior

Binge Eating Disorder Statistics
  • 2.8% of American adults will struggle with BED during their lifetime.  Close to 43% of individuals suffering from Binge Eating Disorder will obtain treatment
  • 5.2% of indivudals suffering from eating disorders will die from health complications
  • Close to 43% of individuals suffering from Binge Eating Disorder will obtain treatment

Bulimia Nervosa
  • Frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self induced vomiting
  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episodes
  • Self esteem overly related to body image

  • Estimated that up to 4% of females in the US will have bulimia during their lifetime
  • 3.9% of these individuals will die
  • Of those practicing bulimia only 6% obtain treatment

General Statistics on Eating Disorders/Dieting Statistics
  • Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the US
  • Four out of ten indivudals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has.
  • Over 50% of teenage girls and 33% of teenage boys are using restrictive measures to lose weight at any given time.
  • 46% of 9-11 year olds are sometimes, or very often on diets, and 82% of their families are sometimes, or very often on diets.
  • 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight dieting
  • 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years

That concludes this discussion.  Now I trust that most of my readers are extremely nice people judging by all of your wonderful comments, but for anyone reading this who is a jerk, please watch what you say about someone's body.  You don't know if your comment is the last straw for that person who will turn to eating disorders to help their pain.

Don't forget to check out my BOPO video on my YouTube channel, and my BOPO series will return on March 31st.  I have a few themes going on and some other posts planned for the next few Thursdays.

P.S. If you want to join in on this movement/topic and don't have a blog just post on Instagram using the hashtag in the title #JGTHBodyPositivity or tag me @JerseyGirlTexanHeart I'd love to read your stories too!


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