A shout out to Mattel and Sports Illustrated for embracing beauty comes in all sizes. Mattel has launched the newest Barbie who comes in petite, curvy and tall. She even has feet that can wear flats! Interestingly Barbie was created as a gag gift for men’s bachelor party. Who knew that this alarmingly unrealistic figure would become the most purchased doll in the world.
The swim suit issue of Sports Illustrated has also been an icon for beauty standards. This year the cover features Ashley Graham, a plus sized supermodel and Rhonda Rousley, elite athlete. Rousley, who is has recovered from bulimia, is known for her body confidence, and now states “if anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.” Amen to that!
When we think of Eating Disorders, we usually picture an emaciated, frail, skeleton of a girl that is often depicted on talk shows. The reality is people with eating disorders are not all skin and bones. Normal weight and overweight people can be plagued by the unrelenting intrusive thoughts about food and weight. Normal weight and overweight people can be restricting their food, self inducing vomiting and engaging in excessive, obsessive exercise. There are 30 million people suffering with eating disorders and 10 million are males. February 21-27 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. To find out if you or someone you love may be struggling with an eating disorder, take the three minute confidential screening developed by The National Eating Disorders Association. This is a wonderful resource for individuals and parents, however it is not meant to replace a clinical assessment completed by a specialized licensed professional.
Please go to : http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEDA
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.