10% of the American Population have Eating Disorders

Kalea Humprhies Super Size Model

I found on skinny Vs curvy a nice picture of Kaela Humphries body posing for Evans.

Kaela is the former sister in law of Kim Kardashian, she is model for Evans and she poses for oversize clothes.

How important is it to see that not all people are as skinny as famous celebrities and top models.

Understanding that we are all different and we all come in different sizes and shapes would have an impact on our attitudes towards food that sadly can become an eating disorder.

The University of Nevada, Reno hosted Reno’s first National Eating Disorders Association walk Saturday to educate the city’s community about eating disorders as a serious health issue. The walk included raffle prizes, yoga, snacks and speakers.

The Nevada Sagebrush publishes an article that says that almost 10% of the American Population suffer of eating disorders.

According to NEDA, the rate of eating disorders among college students has risen from 10 to 20 percent for women and four to 10 percent for men. The MayoClinic defines eating disorders as complex conditions that include social withdrawal, irregular heartbeat and fear of gaining weight.

Hug English, a physician at the university, said there are multiple types of eating disorders. The two most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, defined by low body weight and severe calorie restriction and bulimia nervosa, defined by binging and purging cycles. Some patients do not fall into a specific type of eating disorder and are diagnosed with EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified).

“Eating disorders do not have one single cause,” English said. “There are many factors that can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, including genetics, biologic changes, psychological issues, family issues and cultural and societal pressures.”

NEDA states that this is also a period of development in which disordered eating is likely to arise, resurface or worsen for many young men and women. Full-blown eating disorders typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age.

“It is estimated that 10 percent of the population may have an eating disorder,” said Enid Jennings, health program coordinator at UNR. “But everyone would like to change something about themselves, and we are all bombarded daily with conflicting messages about health and body image. Loving your body is something we all struggle with.”

The university’s Student Health Center and Counseling Center provide support for those with eating disorders.

“When I was younger, I was anorexic,” said Jaclyn Brown, a business major at UNR. “Food was the enemy ,and just as quickly I became my own enemy. My family helped me, as well as a therapist, and I was able to accept my body to become healthy.”

UNR has held events during National Eating Disorders Awareness week for many years and looks to continue the support walk in the future.

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