350 Calories

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There is a lot of focus being put on the long-term health risks from obesity; what about the flipside, with both anorexia nervosa and bulimia both having life-long, potentially fatal side-effects.

Submitted: June 17, 2018

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350 Calories

It was a pretty obvious consequence to the bombardment of media coverage on obesity. The world, or at least a lot of it, is facing a future of fat-based health issues, and the culture of unhealthy eating needs to be addressed with some urgency. Welcome back anorexia nervosa, on a big scale.

Not only do we face a constant portrayal of ‘ideal’ through general media and television advertisements but we have programmes such as ‘America’s Top Model’ preaching that thin is in. Children as young as eight are now becoming victims of eating disorders, promoted by this obsession to be perfect, and that perfect equals thin.

Teens, especially girls, are most at risk. Just at the time when they are facing pressures to reach ever higher expectations in education, there are now more and more who are doing so while not eating.

Social media is full of sites that offer ‘dietary tips’ on how to lose all those ugly and unwanted pounds. 350 calories a day; stick to that and somehow you are going to magically become perfect. The fact that that is simply not enough of a calorie intake for an adult to survive long-term on is totally disregarded, let alone a teenager who has yet to stop growing.

But try telling that to someone already size 4, who has decided that she still needs to be thinner. You’d have better luck communicating with a brick wall.

There is nothing ‘perfect’ or ‘attractive’ in getting so thin that your spine will split through your skin. There is nothing attractive about collapsing in a heap, passing out from a hunger brought about by choice. Believe me, I know.

Try getting that message across while there is still a constant barrage of obesity this and obesity that. The long-term health complications brought on by self-starvation can be just as damaging and far-reaching as those of being overweight.


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