Thinternet and Eating Disorders Awareness Week

05Feb07

I turned over to ITV1 tonight, unusually for me, because I wanted to watch the Tonight programme’s edition on anorexia and the pro-ana sites on the internet.

Unfortunately the programme spent a mere 23 minutes on anorexia, choosing to cut it short for an update of their programme on whether your council tax band had been wrongly calculated. It was a shame, as the stories of the young women with anorexia and the parents of those who had died were moving and saddening, and this programme marked the start of national eating disorders awareness week.

According to beat, the new name for the Eating Disorders Association, anorexia is the third leading cause of death amongst teenagers after car accidents and suicides. It’s the deadliest form of mental illness. And it seems that the healthcare system is failing anorexic patients, with far too many healthcare practitioners writing signs of anorexia off as “fad diets” or part of growing up. It is hard to find places for young anorexics in specialist eating disorder units, but these are the places where they are most likely to get the help they need.

It’s easy to forget that there are growing numbers of young men who suffer from eating disorders too, and that they receive even less recognition and treatment than young women – doctors who fail to recognise the symptoms of eating disorders in young women are even less likely to find them in young men.

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are serious mental illnesses, and deserve to be treated with the same seriousness as physical illnesses. The victims are disproportionately young people whose lives are ruined, shortened or ended by their illness. More specialist help is needed and it is needed now. If you can, make a donation to beat today.

(Photo by .S at Flickr.)

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7 Responses to “Thinternet and Eating Disorders Awareness Week”

  1. I have deleted the comment that was here as it appeared to be spam. If it wasn’t and you think it should return, let me know.

  2. 2 brittany

    i have a serious question that i need answered if someone could please help…i am 5″7 and i weigh 124 lbs…i do NOT make myself throw up but i will starve myself for days and the problem is i am a thin girl but their are parts of my body that have some fat and i feel are not proportional but the more i strive to loose weight in those parts..the more i loose weight in the parts i don’t need to like my arms for example and i sometimes do appear “anorexic” to some people..but only when i am wearing a casual outfit..in my swimsuit they woud think i am normal..but my real question is…i starve myself probably 40% of my life so far…and when i say starve i don’t mean to a point of passing out but i do get weak…so am i considered for having an eating disorder???

  3. Hi Brittany,

    I can’t really answer your question, but it does sound like you should look into this further. I’ve linked to an organisation called beat in the post above:
    http://www.b-eat.co.uk/
    They’re a UK organisation, but if you’re in the US you could try:
    http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
    124lbs at 5’7″ is well within the normal range on a BMI calculator, so you don’t need to starve yourself, plus starving yourself until you’re weak isn’t a healthy way to lose weight!
    I’m afraid there’s not much traffic on my blog (I’ve let it lapse a bit recently!) so you might want to try asking at another place.

    I hope you find the answer you’re looking for – is there anyone you can talk to about this?

  4. 4 Edye

    Okay, well you can talk to me about this. I am seventeen years old and I have sturggeled with anorexia and bulimia for the past seven years of my life. I will be the first to tell you that an eating disorder, and wether or not you have one.. is NOT and should NEVER BE based on your weight. If you are starving yourself and constantly obcessing.. you have a “disordered way of eating” and you need help. Reguardless of what that stupid scale may be reading. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at Edyepucciarelli@hotmail.com

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