“Thin is in” BUT
Couple of years back, that’s at some stage during my college life, I had this neurotically skinny roommate who for myriad hours would be super glued to FTV scrutinizing stick thin models who were just her genetic copies. She immensely bored me because her utterance was highly restricted to calories, exercises, zero size ‘THIS diet plan’ and all that jazz that comes along. She hugely bored me. I didn’t converse much with her and wasn’t really involved in her lifestyle until one day when a common friend of ours asked her if she were an anorexic? Now what was that?
A geek I was and with queries playing hide and seek with my wit, even forty winks became impossibility. Trying hard and still not getting a sleep, I opened my laptop to research what anorexia means? Google was flooded with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, a virus of a similar kind.
My research will take the wind out of your sail henceforth, inaugurating with Anorexia nervosa. What I speculated was a bug or a disease but after my search I was surprised to myself to know that it’s an eating disorder typified by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an obsessive fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia nervosa continue to feel hungry, but deny themselves all but very small quantities of food. The average caloric intake of a person with anorexia nervosa is 600-800 calories per day, but there are extreme cases of complete self-starvation.
And then comes bulimia nervosa which I spoke of formerly typified by restraining of food intake for a period of time followed by an over intake or binging period that results in feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. The median age of onset is 18. Sufferers attempt to overcome these feelings in several ways. The most common form is defensive vomiting, sometimes called purging; fasting the use of laxatives, enemas, diuretics, and over exercising is also common.
After evaluating all that I explored on the web, my feeling is the emaciated waif look that has caused women to tale-spin into the world of Eating Disorders that can literally kill you. And if you I think I am kidding, you just like I surely had failed to spot some very imperative international headlines stating.
With model’s death, eating disorders are again in spotlight – Americas – International Herald Tribune
The death of a 21-year-old Brazilian model from complications of anorexia has reignited debate about the fashion industry and eating disorders at a time when various cities around the world are considering banning the ultrathin from the catwalk.
Then came another caption in the tabloid of a model named Ana Carolina Reston, who weighed just 40 kilograms, or 88 pounds, when she died in SÃ£o Paolo, succumbing to an eating disorder again. The world was still pacing with anorexia and bulimia when there was another caption of a model named Luisel Ramos of Uruguay who died of heart failure during a fashion show, finally prompting Madrid to ban severely underweight models from the city’s fashion week that autumn.
I somewhere fall in with these scandalous news being pretty terrifying but then what does an ordinary obese girl do in a world where the small screen is drenched with skeletal images of Lindsay Lohan and Keira Knighteney? In a world where chubby teenaged girls are bombarded with messages saying, ‘Thin is in’. In a world where plump girlfriends do not want to be seen in ‘this bathing-suit’ or ‘that pair of shorts’ or in a world where every disproportionate figured wife is so frightened of the spouse drooling towards infidelity that her first question to him is not ‘whether you want food? Or how was your day?’ but ‘do you think I look perfect in this?’
I know that all the lasses reading, my previous paragraph want to chop my fingers into petite pieces and heat it for some spicy feast but trust me I myself being a girl don’t want to term as a couch potato. Since I don’t want to be termed as a couch potato, what do I do? Go through some plastic surgery or get ‘taped-up’ to mold my body just like the models do or probably starve because my boyfriend wants to see me in ‘that swim suit’ or fight it all.
Fight it all beginning with the former and ending on the Pop-culture’s imposed definition of ‘the ideal body’ combined with the diet industry’s drive to make more money because I being a rational ultimately, know that Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating are NOT about weight and food. Rather they are complex disorders where each sufferer is plagued with low self-esteem, an inability to cope with their own emotions and stress, and many underlying issues that have lead them to their disordered eating.