Educate Yourself: Eating Disorders
Preventing Eating Disorders
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
Are Some Foods "Bad"?
Just that you should eat them in moderation.
Media Promoting Thinness
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.