[No seriously, it's a buffer]
What do you think of when you hear the words "anorexic" or "bulimic"? What mental picture do you have?
What about this?
What exactly is "dieting" for fat people? Dieting is "restrict[ing] oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight." It is constantly obsessing about your weight, how much or little food you eat, what type of food, when, where, why. It is:
- Obsession with calories and fat content of food
- Preoccupation with food, recipes, or cooking; may cook elaborate dinners for others, but not eat the food themselves
- Dieting ...
- Rituals: cuts food into tiny pieces; refuses to eat around others; hides or discards food
- Purging: uses laxatives, diet pills, ipecac syrup, or water pills; may engage in self-induced vomiting; may run to the bathroom after eating in order to vomit and quickly get rid of the calories
- May engage in frequent, strenuous exercise
- Becomes intolerant to cold and frequently complains of being cold .... body temperature lowers in effort to conserve energy
- Depression: may frequently be in a sad, lethargic state
- Solitude: may avoid friends and family; becomes withdrawn and secretive
- fixation on number of calories consumed
- fixation on and extreme consciousness of weight
- low self-esteem
- low blood pressure
- irregular menstrual cycle
- constant trips to the bathroom
Whoa, wait a minute! Did I just tell you the signs of anorexia and bulimia nervosa? Yes I did.
Counting calories, fixation on weight, preoccupation with food or cooking, and strenuous exercise are all dietary requirements for fat people, but if you are thin, you have an eating disorder.
It is so easy for overweight and obese people to have an eating disorder nowadays. It is even advocated. Here, just look if you don't believe me:
You hear these things all the time. I know I do. On the TV, on the radio, in songs and movies, in the street, on the internet, oh so much on the internet. You hear it from doctors, from politicians, from the First Lady, from scientists, from your friends and family.
"Just stop eating so much."
"Do you really need to eat that?"
"Why don't you exercise instead?"
"Your height to weight ratio is not as good as it needs to be."
"Put down the donut."
"I am concerned about your health."
"If you continue the way you are, you are going to die."
On and on, and you wonder why eating disorders in children under 12 have risen. Not surprisingly, so has adult eating disorders. That's what happens when "[o]n any given day, nearly 40 percent of American women are on a diet." There is not a thin line between dieting and eating disorders. They are, in my opinion, one and the same.
Tune in tomorrow for a first hand account of an eating disorder.
EDIT: Due to the response of this post, I have written another post addressing issues from here.