Anorexia and eating disorders are a huge problem in our society, especially tragic since young people is one of the collectives more affected, although not the only one. We are looking for solutions, effective solutions, and urgent solutions.
Thus, in this urgency to find answers, we are blaming fashion designers and movies for starring too slim people. Maybe we are wrong. Eating disorders have existed from ever and Sissi empress of Austria is a good example.
Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie in Bavaria was the full name of the beautiful empress who became known in history as Sissi.
Born on December 24 1837 in Munich, at her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1867, she became empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. She was 15 years old, 15 romantic years old and it seems she never wanted to change those romantic years, neither her appearance. Remember that only the daily care of her extremely long hair took just under three hours.
There, in her obsession for being an eternal teenager, it started the problem. Diets, spas, plenty of exercise… She wanted to seem a perpetual sweet girl.
For example, she was known for her wasp-like waist and Sissi watched her weight carefully. If it threatened to go over 50 kilograms (and we are speaking about a really tall woman), the Empress did a starvation cure, which mostly meant that she stopped eating.
In July 1898, Sissi was in Bad Nauheim to be treated for heart disease, but she was reportedly suffering from anorexia in the end. Afterwards, she traveled incognito to Geneva, where she visited a friend. There, when she went to her ship for the return journey, the Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni stabbed her in the heart.
A tragic end! For a tragic romantic lady. A smart lady who didn’t want to grow.