We rarely hear about ethnic people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. In fact, we’re usually told, too many ethnic people are over weight or “obese”. But eating disorders are very much present in the ethnic community as it in european.
What is an Eating Disorder? Where did it come from? And how many are there?
An eating disorder is any variation of disorder characterized by severe disturbances in eating habits. It’s history stems from 1684 Europe, when Anorexia Nervosa was described for the first time. But not until 1870 did it become identified with it’s own diagnosis. By the end of the 20th century, the general public had gained knowledge of the disease and it wasn’t until the beginning of the 1970’s, that American media began to write about Anorexia Nervosa. During this time, a study based on clinical research, discovered that Anorexia Nervosa is a disease related to the culture we live in. (So it is most common in the western world). Now, in the 2 thousands, anorexia, bulimia, and many other diseases, have become glamorized in a sense, by American media.
There are many types of Eating Disorders:
1.) Anorexia Nervosa – Greek for “lack of appetite”, Anorexia is characterized by low body weight and a distorted body image. It is an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Anorexics often control their body weight by starving and purging.
2.) Bulimia Nervosa – People with bulimia eat a lot of food in a short amount of time, or in one sitting, which is called binging. They may fear gaining weight after a binge, which can cause feelings of shame and guilt. So, they’ll try to “undo” the binge by throwing it up. (Purging)
3.) Binge Eating – Is characterized by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of a comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be random fasts or repetitive diets and feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge.
4.) Anorexia Athletica – Fancy for “obligatory exercise” and “exercise addiction.” People with anorexia athletica no longer enjoy exercising, but feel obligated to do so. They can experience a sense of guilt and anxiety when missed a workout and not even sickness or injury can stop them from satisfying their need for exercise. Also, they’ll exercise beyond the requirements for good health and define self-worth within terms of performance.
5.) Over Exercise – Sometimes refered as an “activity disorder” is not the same as Anorexia Athletica. People who O.E., schedule their life around exercise. They’d rather exercise than spend time with friends or family, go to social events, and may even miss work and important appointments. They can also isolate themselves.
6.) Over Eating – self-explanatory. It’s excessive consumption of food or binge eating, often consuming thousands of calories at a time. People with Compulsive Over eating have an “addiction” to food and will often use food as a way to hide from their emotions. It fills a void they feel inside, and helps them to cope with daily stresses and problems in their lives. Some reasons why they O.E. are for emotional comfort, not paying attention while they eat, and eating too fast.
7.) Night Eating – Is characterized by a lack of appetite in the morning and overeating at night with agitation and insomnia. People with NES usually eat half their daily caloric intake after 8 p.m. As many as 6 millions American are affected by this disorder, and 33% of those who are morbidly obese, suffer from this syndrome. (NES)
8.) Orthorexia – There’s some drama regarding orthorexia as a disease, since many view simply as a health phenomena. But, Orthorexia refers to a fixation on eating proper food. People with this problem think they’re eating healthy by only eating specific foods. Resulting in a very restricted diet open to only certain nutrients. The term modifies “anorexia” since “ortho,” means straight, correct and true.
and 9.) EDNOS – Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified
Those are a lot, especially knowing there’s more? But how does an eating disorder even start?
Eating disorders in women begin many times when they are young or as teens (children are innocent, so image just like racism is programmed by others). Being pressured by people/media to be or look perfect. And by friends and family members who bring them down about how they look. But remember, there are plenty of adults who are diagnosed with E.D.’s in their adult age due to changes in their lives, etc. Some do it by choice. And at times, the reasons behind the cause of their eating disorder, might be out of the ordinary.
(This video will show you a few women with E.D’s and one has diabetes. Check that out and how she deals with her E.D.)
We know that anorexia and bulimia are the most common, but orthorexia is on a rise.
When it comes to women of color, it’s a 50/50 shot. Some would actually prefer to have thicker frames (which many naturally have) due to the high exposure of thicker women in urban media. Don’t get it wrong, we know of plenty of white women who feel this way too.
Some women go the extra mile, and get plastic surgery
But depending on who is exposed to what, it will differ.
In the real-world, as ethnic women compete more in the professional job market, they face the pressure of trying to succeed. At times, they can be faced with discrimination, as well as society’s image of the successful “smart, beautiful and thin” career woman. Within that, their discrimination can contribute to their low self-worth and desire to be loved and accepted. Thus, bringing about the eating disorder.
Also, “Holly-weird” and White media, obtain many gorgeous and smart ehtnic stars. But of course what do they all have in common? Super-skinny-NESS!
Actress Zoe Saldana
New Runway Model Chanel Iman
Model Jessica White
All these women are glamorized by white media. Both models have straight/permed/weaves. You know, it’s the pressure of image. It fair to say a majority of women who want to be skinny, want to do so because it’s glamourous, not because it’s healthy. Black models are token on the runway scene when they are super-thin, tall, and with a few white features.
WE MUST LOVE OURSELVES AND SCREW WHAT MEDIA PORTRAY AS TRUE BEAUTY AND ACCEPTANCE. WE CAN’T ALL LOOK THE SAME. WHERE THE HELL IS THE VARIETY IN THAT? IT’S FRYING YOUR BRAIN. IF THE MODELING AGENCY DON’T WANT YOU BECAUSE YOU WEIGH 135 POUNDS AND YOUR 5 FOOT 7 INCHES THEN YOU DON’T NEED THEM. WE NEED OUR ETHNIC WOMEN TO SHOW OFF THEIR CURVES, LONG LEGS, SMALL FRAMES, WHAT-EVER WE ALL HAVE SO WE CAN PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE BEAUTIFUL THE WAY WE ARE. HAS ANYONE NOTICED HOW MUCH ATTENTION JENNIFER HUDSON HAS BEEN GETTING? HOLLYWOOD ONLY ACCEPTS THE SKINNIES. TONI, HALLE, WHITNEY.
Here is an audio of an interview with an ethnic women with an E.D.
If you want to lose weight to get healthy, do just that. When it comes to fitness, the numbers don’t matter. Women with 30% or more body fat are considered obese, which makes no sense because we can have lean muscle, a healthy heart and fat on our hips and thighs and still be perfectly healthy. In order to get fit and lose weight you must ELIMINATE the ideas of choosing an eating disorder. Purging will rot your teeth due to the acid in our stomach linings and starving will only make you hungrier, so when you eat, all the calories from that will be stored so it can hold on to any nutrients your body needs. Many trainers I know, (and even your own body will tell you) whenever you are hungry, eat. Even if it means 6 times a day. Just eat right. Don’t eat 6 meals of burger king, feel me? Your own body will tell you what is comfortable with it. If it’s not hungry then don’t eat, if it’s starving, eat girl. Eating keeps your metabolism up, your blood flowing right since it has nutrients, your organs working in sync and your brain functioning on-line. You’ll grow longer hair and nails, and your skin will glow. Don’t let media, family, friends, etc. bring you down and/or encourage you to do ridiculous things just to lose weight. If your trying to gain weight, do the same. Eat right, but just add more healthy calories to your diet like dairy products and proteins.
Another problem is, is that using E.D.’s to lose weight is being based on from one young girl to the next, by each other.
This is a “Thinspiration” video. Thinspo’s (as they say) are motivations, and example of how you want and should look. It pushes young girls to get super skinny. (The black one is higher up in the post)
Pro-Ana (pro anorexia) Thinspiration. A.K.A Stupid-*hit
They also have pro-anorexia websites too. THAT I WILL NOT POST