Fickle Eater or Eating Disorder?

The previous two posts outline the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.  This post will explore the signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

There are two types of eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.  These are disorders that are considered symptoms of depression and anxiety, they are ways in which teens cope and ways in which they exert control over their life.

Anorexia as defined by the Mayo Clinic is:

“Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and the food they eat. People with anorexia nervosa attempt to maintain a weight that’s far below normal for their age and height. To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia nervosa may starve themselves or exercise excessively.” Continue reading

A Positive Body Image Amidst Fashion & Media

There is no denying that we live in a media saturated world.  This is a world which constantly bombards us with images that imply what every person should look like.  On every runway, fashion magazine, red fashion carpet and tv show, we are faced with the pressure to measure up.  This can have a major impact on our body image.

Always attempting to measure up to someone else’s standard of beauty is just asking for disappointment, misery and sometimes self-hatred.  I found a fantastic article on the impact of self-esteem and positive self-talk in the context of body image issues in today’s media saturated world.

The author outlines 4 tips that, if practiced, can help improve body image, no matter the pressures of the world.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadia-aboulhosn/body-image-self-acceptance-fashion_b_2442427.html

This is a must read!!

The Internet’s Role in Eating Disorders Among Teens

The Internet's Role in Eating Disorders Among Teens“A disturbing feature of anorexia is the rivalry that can occur between “ana-buddies” who meet on the websites and vie with each other to starve themselves to the point where their lives may be in danger.”

A quote from a scary article highlighting the constant barrage of having the “perfect body” that is pushed on our young people daily.  Continue reading