5 Ways To Know If You Are On A Diet Or An Obsession

Have you felt pressured to be thin? or do you know someone who has been dieting or exercising a lot without seeing results? Then continue reading, here you will find 5 facts that you probably did not know about her

Days ago I opened the news of my social profile and I found a heading that said: ” The fattest artists in Hollywood ” when I opened the page I could see a very worrying list, there was the name of 10 actresses – like Salma Hayek, Jennifer López , among others – considered “fat” by the film industry. After looking at this list, I was left thinking about how sad it is to see that we are living in a time where society imposes extreme beauty standards on us where the ideal is to have a “perfect” body that is out of the ordinary. Have you felt pressured to be thin? or do you know someone who has dieted or over-exercised without seeing any results?

Society has caused women to become so distressed by their appearance that at times this point becomes an unhealthy concern. You may be thinking that I am exaggerating, that all this is completely harmless since there is nothing wrong with taking care of your body, but it is not always the case. For example, did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are the third leading cause of death in young people? The only way we can prevent this number from growing is through information. In this article you will find 5 facts that you probably did not know about eating disorders:

1. Difference between anorexia and bulimia

The anorexia

consists of practicing extreme diets to lose weight until there is a point where the person stops eating, those who suffer from it see a distorted image of themselves, since despite the fact that their weight is below normal they they keep looking fat in the mirror.

The bulimia

It is characterized by people who eat in an excessively higher quantity than normal, in a very short space of time. After the compulsive binge, the person “compensates” for it and, to avoid gaining weight, resorts to inducing vomiting, or using laxatives and diuretics to discard everything they ate.

2. Beware of teenagers

The concern for self-image is intensified mainly in teenagers and can lead them to do obsessive things to control their weight. In addition, if you add to this an emotional instability caused by hormones and a constant social pressure that they experience every day, you will realize how susceptible they are to falling into the networks of an eating disorder.

3. Do you know Ana and Mia?

Although it sounds incredible, there are many sites on the Internet that promote and motivate people to become anorexic and bulimic, and today your daughters have access to these sites, even from their cell phone and by finding some acceptance and identification with the girls who write In these places, they begin to feel supported and fall into a vicious circle from which they can no longer escape. These types of pages through forums, chats and blogs have formed a brotherhood led by Ana (anorexia) and Mía (bulimia) that supports its new members to start in their supposed lifestyle by giving them advice to avoid eating.

4. Take care of your comments

It is normal in our vocabulary that the words diet, fat, obesity, light products are present, but you must realize that your daughters from a very young age observe, listen and learn your behaviors. In addition, girls see that in the supermarket they easily sell zero-fat foods, reducing creams and weight-loss drugs. So it is important that you know that eating disorders are beginning at an increasingly early age, even in an investigation that was carried out on 8-year-old girls it was shown that 35% of them wanted to lose weight and 24% already had it tried some diet.

5. Know the red lights

Look for certain warning signs, which may indicate that something bad is happening. In addition to low weight or emaciated physical appearance, some attitudes they may present are:

  • Excessive discomfort with your body

  • Low selfsteem

  • Need to be alone

  • Long time in the bathroom

  • Different eating habits: in the case of anorexia they tend to throw food in the trash or down the toilet and in bulimia a sign may be seeing many food wrappers in their bedroom or noticing that food is mysteriously “disappearing”

Now, since you know all these facts about anorexia and bulimia, it is important that you be close to your daughter and begin to prevent her from being victims of Ana and Mía. Work on her self-esteem, teach her to know herself in order to regulate her behaviors, and help her to motivate, value and accept herself. In case you suspect that someone has a red light, it is important that you seek medical and psychological help, and in this article you can find some tips to help them. Remember that there is nothing better than leading a healthy life with exercise, without falling into extremes.

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