Question: Eating disorders hype or serious problem?


I think it is a real problem

I think it is used for attention or some other hype

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I am doing a research for school so I would greatly appreciate any input on the subject you may have. I am doing a research paper on eating disorders and if they are seen as a serious problem or as hype and used for attention. If you would please take the time to vote and if you would like leave your reason as to why you feel that way.



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Sep. 5, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I'm a recovering bulimic.  When I confessed to my parents and later to my sister, I found out that my Mom and sister were also bulimic.  I have several friends who suffer from eating disorders as well as low self image.  I do think it's a very real problem.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I voted you popular...but yes I do think eating disorders are a serious problem...I really don't think women would be starving themselves to death if they could just stop. IMO its a way to control something when you have control over nothing else in your life.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 1:26 PM

I have in the past known several girls who faked eating disorders by doing the symptoms of them. My eldest daughters biological mother even swore my daughter (adopted) had one hoping to get financial aid of some sort. Noting that my sister in law nearly died because she was bulimic. She is better now but will always have to go to special check-ups and takes some sort of pill. I believe that while it is a serious condition and lots of men and women both suffer from them sometimes like with everything else its used to get attention. I do think though some schools like my daughters take it too seriously, they think every thin girl in the school size 00,0,1,3 has to have one and gets very upset it you try to explain they dont they are just tiny.

 Meanwhile I've been told my whole life by people that I have to have an eating disorder because I am thin, my parents where even contacted while I was in school because I had such low body fat. I'm not saying they are not major illnesses but what I am saying is it shouldn't be the first thing people assume because soembody is thin.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 1:26 PM Most ppl, myself included, try to hide eating disorders. And I deluded myself all of my teenage yrs and most of my 20s into thinking I didn't have one.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM

I think it is a real problem, i had it for a few years, although i did have it under control.  But i also think that there are girls out there who either want to get attention or want to fit into a group and will say they have an eating disorder just to get attention or acceptence or sympathy.  But, it is also real.  I think the real cases are the ones you don't hear about till they are over the disorder or in the process of getting help.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 4:25 PM

I honestly couldn't vote. I think both statements are true. I can't say I have known anyone with an eating dissorder, but I do beleive that they are very real. I also beleive that some people will fake an eating dissorder to get attention.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I voted real problem, I blame alot of it on the media, they are using sex to sell just about everything which gives young girls a higher expectation of what a real woman is supposed to look like skinny with no boobs and no self esteem.

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Sep. 5, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I think it's a problem.  Not as serious as people make it out to be though.  I really think that MOST people don't realize when they're over eating in or what size portion of food is right for their size.  I think people think they're supposed to eat until they're totally full.  I don't believe in diets but I believe in healthy eating and exercise.  As far as eating too little, I  think that people that eat too little don't understand healthy eating either.  Some one could eat a lot of something healthy and maintain the same weight.  I guess it all comes down to everything in moderation.....meaning don't starve, but don't over eat.  We should all take time to understand what our body's require and how much exercise we get and figure out a good eating routine until it just becomes second nature.  I think that the media tries to hype it up any chance they get though.

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Sep. 6, 2008 at 8:21 PM

I have been bulimic and anorexic, it's a real problem that takes over your life.  It was the only thing I could control in my life at the time, my mom lost her job and moved us out of the state.  I lost everything I knew in 1 day, I had to start over when I was a sophomore in high school, that's a hard enough time in life without adding a move and no friends in to the mix. 

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Sep. 17, 2008 at 9:26 AM

i think its a REAL problem... but i think society has created the girls to think they need to change.

i see many girls looking at videos and magazines, saying things like "i wish i was that size" or "her hair is beautiful"

not seeing the beauty that they to portray. i just wish that everyone in hollywood would wake up and realize "skinny" is not cute... i like a little meat

and its a shame that these girls that go through this don't (at first) see their beauty

god bless them and those who have went through it.

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