Obesity & Anorexia:Two Sides of the Same Coin
Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are increasing in the United States among adolescent girls. This is just the flip side of the coin. On the other side, we know, there is obesity. The high rate of obesity is complimented by the increasing rate of anorexia and bulimia, diseases that are rooted in a fear of getting obese.
The clinical report in Monday's edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that between 1999 and 2006, hospitalizations among children younger than 12 with eating disorders have increased 119 percent. That is a worrying statistic. It also says that 0.5 percent of young girls in the U.S. have anorexia nervosa and about one to two percent have bulimia.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is rooted in an excessive fear of gaining weight. It is actually a serious mental illness and has more mortality rate than any other psychiatric disorder.
Bulimia is another eating disorder where people restrain from eating for a period of time, followed by a period of binge eating, which is again followed by an overwhelming feeling of guilt and low self-esteem. Patients often try to vomit and fast and use laxatives to achieve the body they desire!
Though there are a variety of biological factors that may lead to these conditions, social factors are also very important causes behind these diseases. These diseases point out the fact that modern human beings have forgotten how to live naturally in a healthy way. Either we are obsessed by food and eat mindlessly, living a lazy life that makes us obese and thereby prey to hundreds of disease and disorders, or we become obsessed by our body image and wish to craft a ‘fashionable’ body at the cost of our health.Continued on the next page