Woman to Women
The Real Skinny
Most women are “disordered eaters”
By: Mary Beth Sammons
Go figure! Self magazine, publisher of headlines like “Tone Up and Slim Down for Summer,” “Peel off the Pounds!,” “Drop Weight, Look Great” and sponsors of the Self Challenge, which promises to get you “the best body ever,” just released what they’re calling a “groundbreaking” survey “revealing” that 75 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 45 eat, think, and behave abnormally around food.
Oh, really? Wonder why?
While I have no doubt that a high percentage of women have an unhealthy relationship with food, I find it a tad bit hypocritical for a magazine that doesn’t exactly tout body size acceptance and features rail-thin models in bikinis on its glossy covers, to be serving up articles on dieting and weight loss, with a brace-yourself-for-this “expose” on eating disorders.
The only smart part is that Self teamed up with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its eating disorders department – a good resource to know! And the results are certainly food for thought, so to speak.
According to the survey, eating habits that women think are normal-such as banishing carbs, skipping meals and, in some cases, even dieting itself-may actually be symptoms of the “disordered eating” syndrome. The survey of 4,023 found that sixty-five percent of women ages 25 to 45 engage in disordered eating, “such as skipping meals or cutting out food groups.” In addition, 10 percent of women report behaviors consistent with anorexia, bulimia and binging. See for yourSelf.