Eating Disorders - When A Modelling Career Starves You Of Life


What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is a broad term used to describe a wide range of illnesses' like anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is primarily a fixation with the body where the mind perceives it to be fat. This forces the sufferer to undertake restrictive eating plans that lead to acute malnourishment and even death. Bulimia, is similar but the sufferer periodically binges on perceived forbidden foods. The person then regurgitates the food by vomiting. Over time, this has an adverse effect on all the major organs, including the brain. Similarly, people who overeat, do so compulsively, consuming large quantities of food at one sitting. Repetitive abuse of food in this way can cause a variety of physical conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.

What causes an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are extremely complex as they effect a person psychologically and physically. The origins of an eating disorder may include a number of factors but most doctors agree it usually appears in the teen years. Perhaps that is due to the impressionable nature of an individual who is still developing, and wanting desperately to fit into society. However, doctors who deal with eating disorder patients are quick to point out that childhood conditioning, emotional parental nurturing and childhood neglect and/or abuse can all play significant roles in the illness too. As models typically start out in the business in their teen years, and because the industry demands they adapt a slim physique it's easy to see how one might develop an eating disorder when the two are put together. The case of Victoire Macon Dauxerre is a perfect example and it's a tale we should all pay attention to.
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