Educate Yourself: Eating Disorders

Leslie Calderon

Preventing Eating Disorders

Being educated with eating disorders can help prevent them by being familiar and more knowledgeable with various types of eating disorders and their effects.



Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include: extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Serious emotional and physical problems can have life-threatening consequences for females and males such as health, productivity, and relationships

Judgement Qualities

It is necessary to make judgments in the routines of life. But the primary judgments should be for ourselves. When judging others we should be especially careful. Judging goes much deeper into our own mind than we think. When we judge, we are implying certain conclusions about ourselves. Harsh judgments are often tailored to affirm a positive self-image. The lofty judgmental announcements promote the notion that we are wonderful, lovable human beings.

Are Some Foods "Bad"?

“You are what you eat”, is a well known saying. It's message really means that if you eat healthy foods, you are most likely to be healthy. If you eat nothing but corn chips, you won’t get to look like a corn cob but you certainly won’t be fit and healthy. This is because your body needs a good mix of foods. So not all foods are "bad"

Just that you should eat them in moderation.

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Media Promoting Thinness

The images we see in the popular media (television, movies, the internet, video games, magazines) influence body image, and sometimes impede on the development of a healthy body image. These images tend to be repetitive and advertisements tend to consistently feature very slender, attractive models.


Media exposure can influence body image over time by sending a message about what it means to have an ideal body shape, size, and weight. This exposure can place pressure on individuals to attain the thin, attractive ideal depicted in the media. For women, this ideal is usually composed of being slender and attractive; and for men, the ideal includes being tall, lean, muscular, and masculine. It is common for people to begin to measure themselves against these unrealistic ideals and determine that they have come up short.


Example: Victoria Secret Models, Abercrombie & Fitch, Sports Magazines


When looking at these images say to yourself " I love the way I am"

Be a Mentor to Prevent Eating Disorders

  • Model a healthy lifestyle.
  • Focusing on health and well-being, no matter what size you are.
  • Help others to develop self-esteem based on qualities other than physical appearance
  • Teach about aspects of self and life that one can influence
  • Do not encourage or laugh at jokes that make fun of a person's size or body
  • Criticize the culture that promotes unhealthy body image, not your self
  • Live with a positive attitude to body image, not with a focus on food and weight.