Holly Brubach “Starved to Perfection” New York Times; April 17, 2007
This article describes how anorexia is starting to become as another occupational hazard. Models need to be stick figures to be able to walk down the runway, as to football and baseball players use steroids to get big and strong. Most young woman today is dieting. The models are just experts at it. Author of “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body”, Courtney E. Martin says seven million American girls and women have eating disorders, and up to seventy million worldwide. In nineteen ninety five, thirty four percent of high school age girls in the U.S. thought they were overweight. In 2007 ninety percent of them think they are overweight. A professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Bruch wrote about cases when the anorexia outbreak happened in the nineteen seventies. Anorexia didn’t get diagnosed until the nineteen eighties. Martin would have us eat and not think about it. We would focus our attention on something else. But in back of our minds we will be thinking about food. In the past three decades we have noticed that men try to get bigger while women try to get skinnier, as to make more room for them in the world. Pamela M. Prah “Eating Disorders” CQ Researcher; February 10, 2006
Anna Westin from Minnesota tried to hide her eating disorder by wearing baggy clothes because she didn’t want to reveal her skeleton like body. It eventually killed her at age twenty one by committing suicide, battling anorexia for five years. Her mother says “she knew she had an eating disorder. She hated it and wanted to be free of it. That drove her to suicide.”
Anorexics see themselves as fat but they are usually very thin. They refuse to eat to maintain a normal weight, or they just eat to survive. It has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with death often caused by suicide. A lot of...