I know that yesterday I made a point out of saying that eating disorders are only tangentially related to beauty. The 1 image selected—by amateurs and professionals alike—to illustrate eating disorders is a photo of an extraordinarily thin woman, who may or may not be staring into a mirror and seeing a distorted larger version of herself. The images often chosen to represent eating disorders not only leave out a huge chunk of sufferers, they also glamorize the disease, even if the sharp-relief ribcages and clavicles are selected to startle. This goes double when we're talking runway images which a lot of them are:
Women's Life Why is bulimia seen as 'more disgusting' than anorexia? Harriet Williamson, who suffered from both anorexia and bulimia, opens up about the illnesses and questions why there is a greater stigma attached to one over the other. Alamy By Harriet Williamson 1: My first thought was that it all sounded a bit science fiction, but I soon started to wonder why the article only mentioned anorexia, when bulimia sufferers are similarly beset with frightening body dysmorphia an anxiety disorder which causes people to spend a lot of time worrying about their physical appearance.
To me, this seems illustrative of a wider problem of silence and ignorance when it comes to the discussion of bulimia. It is extremely difficult to find reliable figures on the number of people who have an eating disorder in this country, simply because data is collected only at the most serious end of the spectrum, when patients are so unwell that they require a hospital bed.
Millions more cases go undiagnosed and there is no information regarding those who are currently waiting for treatment. However, the charity B-eat suggests that 1. This makes bulimia four times as common as anorexia and the remaining percentage includes those with EDNOS Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified which covers patients who exhibit mixed symptoms of anorexia and bulimia.
Why then, are we not talking more about bulimia? The first reason is that we like to have tangible, physical evidence of an illness before we take it seriously, which is why unhelpful attitudes still exist around mental health issues including depression.
Anorexia manifests itself in evident weight-loss while bulimia sufferers can often be at a normal weight.
However, the damage that bulimia does is very real and side effects include anaemia, swollen cheeks, depression, dizziness, fatigue, dry skin, abrasions on knuckles, tearing of the oesophagus, blood in vomit, ulcers, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and electrolyte imbalance.
Related Articles.Perfectionism is a common issue with ED sufferers, and the idea that anorexia is the "perfect" disease sets up women who need help but who aren't anorexic with this sort of ghost of what they "should" be.
(I read an interesting piece once about a woman who was diagnosed with bulimia instead of anorexia and was devastated.). Maggie Helwig, author of the short story "Hunger," believes that "anorexia and bulimia are particularly feminine statements about consumption and consumerism." Helwig provides numerous pieces of evidence for her claim, as one can see in the following explanation of this support/5(3).
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