Eating Disorder Figures Cause for Concern

There is no denying it – Australians are becoming more concerned about their weight and are resorting to very unhealthy practices in order to control what the scales say.

Results from a recent study show that the incidence of eating disorders in Australia has doubled in the last 10 years.  Study leader Philippa Hay, head of psychiatry at James Cook University says, “The study showed the number of people with regular eating disorder behavior – binge eating being the most common – had ballooned from 4.7% to 11% in the past ten years.”

Phillipa continues, “Those with full-blown eating disorders – like anorexia nervosa and bulimia – has also grown in the last decade from 2 percent to 4.6.  This is an alarming trend which shows these problems are being felt more widely than first thought”.   

While women are five times more likely to have a disorder compared to men, it seems that there is a sharp rise in males with eating problems. 

It is of no surprise that the research has uncovered such a trend in the last ten (10) years.  The pressure on vulnerable young girls to look ‘model’ perfect is enormous, even though the pictures they see in magazines have been digitally enhanced and airbrushed.  Resorting to unhealthy eating practices to attain  the impossible will then lead to a dangerous inclination to adopt practices like starving or bingeing-purging, and this can become damaging both physically and psychologically in the long term”.  

Have you seen this infamous video on Youtube about photoshop is changing the way we view ourselves (and others)?  It’s positively scary:

At The Natural Way, we encourage healthy weight control by offering our client’s nutritionally sound programmes that can help them to lose weight steadily and sensibly.  Losing weight is the start, but learning healthy eating and better lifestyle choices are just as important, so we teach each client how easy it is to maintain their ideal weight for life through our Healthy Living programme.  Our client’s lose weight by eating three meals a day plus snacks as we know that starving is not a safe weight loss practice.  Our clients are full of vitality and energy by the time they get to their goal weight.  This certainly is a much better way to lose weight than being tortured by unhealthy eating behaviours.

If you want to find out more about The Natural Way’s healthy way to sensible weight loss call 1300 SLIMMER (754663). 

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way.
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1 Response to Eating Disorder Figures Cause for Concern

  1. Tama says:

    Absolutely Sue; we see in the news today of the person in court over the ‘weight loss nasal spray’. These nasty people pray on people at their most vulnerable which makes it reprehensible. The correct way in the first place saves all the pain and grief. And, it really is much easier than people expect.

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