In a society where "thin" is often equated with attractive, it is no surprise that women are 10 times more likely to suffer from bulimia than men. I have noticed lately that more research is being done on the complexities of eating disorders and the national discussion on this topic is becoming, well, more robust. Here are a few stories, studies and interviews on this subject that I wanted to share with you all.
At MSNBC, I just read that more research is being done on purging disorder. It is similar in many ways to bulimia, but more difficult to detect. Those that suffer from purging disorder are normal weights and they don't binge eat. They do, however, feel compelled to purge, usually by vomiting, even after eating only a small or normal amount of food. There are also long term health consequences associated with this disorder.
USA Today is reporting on behaviors that are considered precursors to anorexia. Women and girls who feel uncomfortable eating in public may be at risk for developing unhealthy relationships with food.
Binge Eating Disorder is a fairly common eating disorder and it has received more attention lately in the press. iVillage has created a quiz to help you determine if you have a problem with binge eating. It is an interesting diagnostic quiz and will get you thinking about your relationship with food.
Leslie at Weighting Game recently interviewed Dr. Stacey from the blog Every Woman Has an Eating Disorder. Dr. Stacey is a clinical psychologist and although the title of her blog might seem a little exaggerated, she feels women think about food and our bodies too much. Basically, we are not so healthy in our healthy obsessions.
If you are looking for some help on any of these issues, check out Something-Fishy. It is a great pro-recovery website dedicated to helping people recover from eating disorders.