This June 2, the world day of action for Eating Disorders (EDs) is celebrated with the aim of raising awareness among the population about these alterations and preventing them. Our society usually fully understands that a person can have different diseases, but when it comes to eating disorders, diseases such as anorexia and bulimia, for example, are seen as something to be dealt with in privacy or to be ashamed of, for which it is very important to be informed to act and help those who suffer from it.
Eating disorders are mental disorders and disorders that affect the intake and weight of the person who suffers from them. But, beyond these more apparent symptoms, serious and complex psychological difficulties are hidden that affect the normal functioning of the daily life of the sick person.
Among the most common disorders are anorexia, bulimia, vigorexia and orthorexia. Although the population most affected by these alterations are adolescents, many cases are currently known in adults and even, and even more seriously, in children.
Although eating disorders develop for different reasons, we must not lose sight of the relationship they have with the cultural context in which we are immersed.
In a world in which thinness is praised and often taken as synonymous with success and beauty, it is not surprising that people feel pressured or that they do not “fit” the established parameters and stereotypes.
Working on changing our truths about our body, understanding that we are different, that idealizing a body makes us sick, loving ourselves as we are and walking towards health and not towards the perfect body is necessary, but it is not easy and requires professional work and social restraint.
☝🏾 Eating Behavior Disorders (TCA) are an unhealthy relationship with food or physical activity.
– Ministry of Health of the Nation (@msalnacion) June 2, 2022