Eating disorder: an emergency of our time

Eating disorders (Dcas) or eating disorders are pathologies characterized by a change in eating habits and an excessive concern for weight and body shapes. They occur mainly during adolescence“.

The most common ones are anorexia, uncontrolled eating disorder and obesity.

Anorexia nervosa is the total absence of appetite determined by a constant fear of getting fat; instead, bulimia nervosa leads a person to take a lot of food that is not metabolized due to self-liberating techniques; uncontrolled eating disorder occurs when a person feels the uncontrollable urge to consume large amounts of food in a short time and, immediately after, is assailed by an intense feeling of discouragement for what he has done;finally, obesity is a condition characterized by excessive accumulation of body fat, which can cause serious damage to health.

Suffering from an eating disorder upsets a person’s life: it seems that everything deals with the control of calories and the fear of getting fat. Things that before seemed simple then become difficult and cause of great anxiety, like going to the pizzeria or restaurant with friends or attending a birthday or a wedding. 

Often thoughts about food bother the person even when he is not at the table, for example ending a task at school or at work becomes so hard because the only thought is on what you “should” eat, on the fear of getting fat or having a binge.

The most affected population by anorexia or bulimia nervosa is the one with the major pressure of an image appropriate to the standards of society, a population for which having this type of image has become a value.

This is because the mass-media impose a set of physical models, which teenagers try to follow, losing self-esteem and self-confidence when they find a difference between those models and their own physical appearance.

We often see images of super slim models who wear  too small sizes and often are taken as an example, especially by young people.

It’s the comparison with our normality/ imperfection leads us to adopt incorrect eating behaviors. We should all roll up our sleeves, to accept ourselves and be appreciated for what we are inside, for our imperfections and our particularities. A person must be free to be and show themselves as they wish without receiving comments and reviews from others.

 Our outward appearance may serve us for a good initial impact but what leaves its mark in others must be our personality, our character, our way of doing, our looks, our gestures…

What makes the difference must be our inner uniqueness and not a stereotypical envelope to contemplate!

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Ilaria Stimolo


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