[ON THE REAL] Understanding eating disorders

Summer time is around the corner, so, everyone is eager to take great Instagram pictures in their bikinis, showing off their “summer bodies.”

On The Real show with Andile Jiyane, Sibusisiwe Maphumulo and Denmark Vee talked about eating disorders that people fall victim to as result of pressure of having a “Summer body” all the time.

One of the eating disorders that they mostly focused on were : bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

So the question on your mind is, what are these eating disorders?

Eating disorders are any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors.

Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect people of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation. They are often diagnosed in teenagers and young adults.

Maphumulo said most eating disorders are much more common in women and girls than in men and boys. Girls in their teens are most likely to develop an eating disorder, but boys and men are also affected.

“In fact, one in every four children diagnosed with anorexia nervosa is a boy. Bulimia nervosa is diagnosed more often in females, but similar numbers of males and females are diagnosed with binge-eating disorder,” said Maphumulo.

Jiyane said, “These eating disorders come as a result of the pressure that women are subjected towhen it comes to their image. The Victoria secret look is what the market demands from us as we see these women on bill boards advertising the clothes to us but we look nothing like them, we then want to push ourselves to be just as ‘sexy’ or desirable as they are.”

In many cultures and historical periods women have been proud to be large, being fat was a sign of fertility, of prosperity, of the ability to survive. According to an article by Feminist.com Even in the U.S. today, where fear of fat reigns in most sectors of the culture, some racial and ethnic groups love and enjoy large women. For example, Hawaiians often consider very large women quite beautiful, and studies show that some black women experience more body satisfaction and are less concerned with dieting, fatness, and weight fluctuations than are white women.\

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By Agenda Feminist Media| Audio By Mndaba Lindelani

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