With over 300,000 food products offered that have been processed, are too high in fat, too high in salt, and/or too low in nutritional content, it is no wonder that the world's health is on a decline. While there are many advances in creating editable foods, there is a counterbalance of the unhealthy effects of the nutrient-deficient foods we consume in the creation of advanced medical treatment - cholesterol lowering drugs, arteriosclerosis drugs and surgical techniques, heart drugs and surgeries, and many, many more.
There is another kind of problem that comes with the food scare that Americans face, and that is two eating disorders. It's easy to understand how these two eating problems can affect an individual, considering how prevalent food is in our society. Here's more...
Most people at one time or another have struggled with the tragedy of an eating disorder. Whether it was a friend, family member, colleague, spouse, teammate, or yourself, eating disorders hurt everyone involved and should be treated delicately. A lot of eating disorders stem from a misplaced or morphed body image but there are many factors that contribute to a person’s vision of how their body should look or how they should feel, making it harder for outsiders to intervene. In 2001, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) desisgnated the last week in February as their National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
While there are many different eating disorders, the most common are categorized into three types. Two major types are anorexia nervosa—where the main goal is to abstain from most food or consume the bare minimum in order to live—and bulimia nervosa—where the goal is to binge eat and purge the food or over-exercise so as to not allow any of it to absorb into the body. The third type is an accumulation of the rest of the types known as EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified).
NEDA is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 when the two largest eating disorder groups (Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention – EDAP and the American Anorexia Bulimia Association – AABA) fused together to become a stronger prevention front. Helping individuals and their families to understand and live through an eating disorder, NEDA uses this week to spread awareness and gain better insight into the research devoted to these disorders.
In 2008, the theme of “NEDAwareness Week” followed the commitment to “Be comfortable in your genes” and also sponsored a jeans giveaway in order to garner media attention and popularity in order to spread their message with great results. This year’s message of 2009 is “…until eating disorders are history” and the flyers portray chalkboards emphasizing that education is the key factor in helping all of their success.
NEDA CEO Lynn Grefe says on their website of the cause, “NEDA is here to support the millions of families whose loved ones are battling eating disorders. How do we do it? By offering the latest information, resources, action-oriented advocacy and media campaigns to educate the public and policymakers and, most importantly, a sense of community to people often feeling alone and overwhelmed in their struggle to access quality, affordable care.”
More than 50,000 people have already been helped through the free telephone hotline put in place by NEDA and its website boasts over 50 million hits per year. Eating disorder professionals, specialists, educators, and volunteers give up their time to ensure every resource is available for anyone who would like to learn more about eating disorders.
Prevention, intervention, and treatment are the main steps NEDA teaches in order to identify and stop individuals from hurting their bodies through unorthodox eating habits in order to attain a “perfect” body type. NEDA hopes for a world someday without such disorders. read more...
Comments: A healthy lifestyle is really what we should all be seeking in our lives, for the improvement of not just our weight and our health, but the overall benefit of reducing health care (uh, sick care) costs.
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