Eating disorders are attitudes that focus their attention on height and body shapes. They are frequent between teenagers and in particular females. The most common ones are anorexia, obesity and bulimia.

Anorexia is due to psychological disorders that distort the image of your body, making it always look fat. Especially nowadays insecure people try to reach some thinness standards given by society, and they end with hurting themselves. It is characterized by reduction of the calories’ amount and by fast and exaggerated physical activity. Bulimia is very similar but in addition there are blowouts followed by vomit, laxatives or other desperate ways to get rid of calories. Obesity instead is the accumulation of too much fat, caused by a sedentary lifestyle, a wrong diet, the quality of sleep… These diseases mustn’t be undervalued because the consequences might bring about serious health problems and even death.

Is it possible to recover from these disorders? Yes, just like ChiaraSole Ciavatta tells us through her association called “MondoSole”. She’s a 42 year old woman who suffered from anorexia and bulimia for 14 years during her teens. She used to eat 20 kg of pasta and throw up even 40 times a day. She knew she was sick and she hoped someone would see it sooner or later, the reason why she used to leave tracks of her behavior. Luckily, she had the opportunity to be helped by a psychotherapist; now she has completely recovered and her aim is to assist other people who suffer from this.

Taking example from ChiaraSole, it is important to remember that you don’t have to be afraid to accept your eating disorder and to look for help. In fact many famous people have been telling their stories about eating disorders, such as Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Angelina Jolie… In particular the actress Lily Collins, who suffered from bulimia and anorexia, has played the main character in the movie “To the bone”, which analyzes different teenagers’ stories. 

All in all, there’s only one thing that matters: to love yourself ! Don’t let yourself be involved in the modern beauty standards, but just think about taking care of your physical and mental health.

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