Just as in my last post about food for comfort, I wanted to make a more relatable and serious post to those who believe self image is more important than life. Though many people may not respect or consider eating disorders as a serious issue, it is a mental disorder in which the victim may not even know they are mentally unstable about body image. Many women, as well as men, feel that self image is so important that they risk their life to fit the image society prevails. I’m not only talking about those who starve themselves to lose weight, but the other eating disorders including bulimia, finding ways to get rid of consumed food usually by vomiting, and binge eating, or eating numerous amounts of food then starving oneself to make up for the past consumptions. I just want to let those who may be reading this and are suffering or know someone who is suffering from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorders to remember that inner beauty is better than the number on the scale. That number you see when you step on the scale doesn’t define who you are. A study, done by the South Caroline Department of Mental Health, has shown that the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old. Also, 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover. That is a major issue in today’s society. Though my blog is an appreciation for food and the adventure of finding food that is something of value to each individual, I want to stand up for those who have a fearful connection with food and self image. It doesn’t define who you are as an individual and I would like you to take this challenge and find a dish that has meaning to you, emotionally or personally, and appreciate the benefits it has for you. Try to look at it as a way to overcome the struggle and gain strength and confidence in yourself.
08 Apr This entry was published on April 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm and is filed under Uncategorized.