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Distortion of Body Image

According to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org “Body Image” is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses: What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations). How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight. How you sense and control your body as you move. How you feel in your body, not just about your body.
My conversation with Tina, a nutrtionist & a registered nurse.
Q: What has been you experience with eating disorders?
Deborah: I was binging and purging sometimes daily, I suffered from low self esteem.
Q: So you were diagnosed with bulimia?
Deborah: Yes I had it for 10 years?
Q: What was your turning point?
Deborah: When my 18 year old daughter started binging too, at that moment I knew the terrible example I was living before her. We both checked into a clinic and got help with prayer now we are free and have been for 10 years now.
Q: Who did you blame for your eating disorder?
Deborah: Society, the images they portray of perfection on ads, television, they made me feel inadequate about the way I look. I know you have heard this before or have even contemplative it in your mind, “If I could just lose 5 more pounds they world would love me” one in three girls have an eating disorder… But still in reality millions of young girls, woman, and some men suffer from eating disorders annually a lot under the 18. These specific eating disorders are often triggered by bouts of depression, distorted body image or perfectionism itself. The four major eating disorders: 1. Anorexia Nervosa, a voluntary starvation for long periods of time. 2. Bulimia Nervosa, marked by bouts of binge eating excessive amounts of food followed by compensatory behavior such as purging then vomiting or use of laxatives to rid themselves of the food eaten 3. Binge-eating, marked by episodes of out-of control gorging, similar to Bulimia without the purging. 4. EDNOS, the most dangerous of all 4, it is the combination of Anorexia and Bulimia, each day it takes on one the eating disorders. Females are much more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are closely related with other psychiatric illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. In addition, people who suffer from eating disorders can experience a wide range of physical health complications, including serious heart conditions, teeth enamel erosion, various organ failure including kidney failure, which may lead to death. If eating disorders wasn’t enough many woman and men resort to cosmetic surgery that gain what they perceive as perfection. Women both young and old are taking enormous risks in pursuit of beauty. Liposuction, nose Jobs, botox, tummy tucks, breast implants, and bottom augmentation. Who is responsible? The media? The advertisers? They all are trying to sell this image of perfect beauty when in reality no one is perfect but a work in progress. We have to ask ourselves what are we doing? We must be comfortable in our own skin. We are our sister and brother’s keeper and it start in the home, the duty of the parents are to teach their children how valuable they are.

The 7 Isms

1. Racism
is truly the largest “Elephant in the room” the progenitor of hatred and slavery. It is the grandfather of Darkism and Colorism, The Apex of a belief system that one race is superior to the rest: animosity toward other races.
2. Colorism
is indeed a known fact, a direct commencement of hostilities afflicted on a individual based on skin color that is used as the basis for a conclusion, or logic that interfaces that a black person possessing a lighter complexion is treated with a higher esteem than a person with a darker skin color.
3. Darkism
is any race dark skinned person around the world who is treated wrongly or indifferent because of the rich dark hue of their skin.
4. Featurism
is discrimination of black women based on facial features.
5. Texturism
is discrimination based on hair texture of black women its roughness, smoothness, coarseness and fineness are judged as good or bad hair.
6. Lightism
is discrimination targeted towards light skinned black women who are validated because of their light skin.
7. Lookism
is a discrimination that affects all nations the world over, Lookism is a concept where discrimination occurs to unattractive people; mainly in the workplace but also in social settings. While not classified in the same way as racism, colorism, and darkism. Lookism is worldwide and affects how people are perceived as well as affecting their opportunities in terms of relationships, job opportunities, perks, and social status.
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