Body Image and Eating Disorders

Body Image and Eating DisordersSociety associates being “model thin” with being beautiful, smart and successful, but the National Eating Disorders Association notes that the average woman weighs a healthy 140 pounds and is 5’4” tall. Most models seen in print advertisements and on television are 5’8” or taller and wear a size 0. Many women and men are literally dying to reach impossible and unhealthy goals.

Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Issues

Binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are all devastating illnesses. People who develop eating disorders also usually struggle with the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of empowerment
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Trauma, abuse or bullying

Eating disorders are a serious matter and require treatment. Eating disorders are about body image, but they are also about a lot more than body image. You must understand how eating disorders begin in order to effectively treat them.

What Causes Eating Disorders?

Body image issues are an important part of any eating disorder. There truly is no escaping your own body, and if you dislike or even hate your own body, you will not live a happy or productive life. Body image issues may be made worse by family attitudes, attitudes of friends and associates, the media, our culture and a number of other factors. There are a number of factors that contribute to body image issues and eating disorders and every person has a different reason for his or her eating disorder. Some reasons for eating disorders and body image issues include the following:

  • Hereditary factors: Particular brain structures, hormones or chemicals may create greater feelings of anxiety that later lead to eating disorders.
  • Personal concerns: Many people with eating disorders describe feelings of helplessness and lack of self-worth. These issues may come from loved ones, society at large or may simply be a matter of personal opinion. Sometimes perfectionism drives a person to become obsessed with looking perfect at all times.
  • Stress and anxiety: When life is constantly changing, people with eating disorders may feel like they are more in control by controlling eating habits. Being teased or bullied or adapting to new life situations such as divorce or assault may lead to disordered eating.

How to End an Eating Disorder and Body Image Issues

When you have an eating disorder, no one can make you eat correctly. When you have an unhappy or unhealthy body image, compliments or reassurances about your appearance will not offer a lasting or quick fix. Eating disorders are complicated, and every eating disordered person is unique. That’s why you need to find the right eating disorder treatment to fit your needs.

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