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Eating Disorders: The 21st Century Fad January 27, 2009

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Eating disorders are described as any of various psychological disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, that deal with insufficient or excessive food intake. Eating disorders are common with women between the ages of 12 and 25. It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder, seven million women and one million men. Below are more statistics about eating disorders in the United States.

  • One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
  • Two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
  • Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males


Above: Pictured is a model who suffers from anorexia. Notice her ribs, this is NOT healthy.


Super models in all the popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, have continued to get thinner and thinner. Modeling agencies have been reported to actively pursue models with anorexia. The average woman model weighs up to 25% less than the typical woman and maintains a weight at about 15 to 20 percent below what is considered healthy for her age and height. Some models go through plastic surgery to stay “looking good” for the camera. Some models are “taped-up” to make their bodies look unrealisticly skinny.One of the most common editing that is done to modeling photos is that they are airbrushed before going to print. This leads the readers to have unrealistic views of a women’s body. These pictures are far beyond what a healthy woman should look like.


Above: A model that models bathing suits is at a very high risk of becoming anorexic or bulimic.

As our bodies change, we should love them no matter what size, shape, or form. We should take care of our bodies and get proper exercise to stay healthy. There is a  BIG difference between eating disorders and a healthy lifestyle.