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Anorexia. We are living in a society with bad health habits

Anorexia. We are living in a society with bad health habits
Isabel del Rio

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Anorexia. We are living in a society with really bad health habits. We are stressed and we don’t have time to eat properly. Eating disorders are increasing. That is a tragedy.

Last week, I was with the daughter of a friend. She is having eating disorders and her family is absolutely worried.

After some sessions of psychological treatment, some points have started to be clear for them.

Of course, anorexia is a so big and tragic problem that it’s difficult to speak of it in general terms. However and fortunately, it seems that this concrete girl has eating disorders in relation with bad habits and lack of time to eat.

Everything started in the University. Living away from home and studying a very demanding subject, she lost old habits. She began to eat anything, anywhere and afterwards, nothing, anywhere.

Not having time, it’s not good. Underfed, you feel depressed and depression makes things worse.

Thus, this girl, once great student, started to fail exams and she spent all day lying in bed. She was alone and nobody helped. Go grocery shopping was too much effort for her and made food too.

On Christmas, her mother saw her so flimsy that she understood the problem.

Now, the girl is recovering at home. Good habits as eating at the dinner table rather than standing on a street corner. Legumes and vegetables and no hot dogs, balanced diets without stress, quiet conversations with coffee… are improving her health.

However, the question is why do we have a society which drives our young people to this tragic corners.

Of course, there is another kind of anorexia not related to the habits of life, this requires another treatment. But we should not allow creating ill people due to time. People have the right to eat and rest. Brilliant students too.

What do you think about this tragic problem? Do you know people suffering eating disorders? Tell us about the experience. We should help each other.

View Comments (2)
  • A tragic problem. We need to take it seriously.

  • This is a huge problem – they all reach for size 0 – no matter age. Have a friend 50+ and her goal is size 0 – I have told her she will soon be looking like a witch or a ghoast but no way. If the fashion industri used as model normal bodies it would help I think. The fashion industry want to sell and most of the buyers are normal bodies if not the quite opposit size 0. If you see a beautiful garment an a very thin model and you try the same garment in the shop – what will you see not the image in your head size 0 and whoops I have to seriously loose a lot of weight and you are on board on the letal train

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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