Eating Disorders

By Liz Fafiade

My Definition of Body Image and Beauty

Feeling good about yourself. Being happy the way you look

Body Image

Looking at images of models (Victoria Secret, runway models) gives us an unrealistic view of what our bodies should look like and we want to look like them; tall, skinny, blonde. Also the increased use of the social media to "body shame" others.

We are going to have to accept everybody. We need more campaigns like the Dove commercials to teach us to love ourselves as we are

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  • Eating disorder are a struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males
  • Has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • About 24 million people of all gender and ages suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S (bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia)
  • 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression
  • .9% of women will struggle with anorexia in their lifetime
  • 1.5% of women will struggle with bulimia in their lifetime
  • 3.5% of women will struggle with binge eating
  • 30% of teenage boys and 50% of teenage girls use unhealthy weight control behaviors like skipping meals, fasting, vomiting, smoking cigarettes, and taking laxatives to control their weight
  • 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.
  • Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male
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5 Advice

  • STOP comparing yourself to others
  • Be positive
  • If working out, set positive goals
  • Keep a list of things you like about yourself
  • Be happy
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