Sara was living the life. At 20, she was already the highest paid model in the world adding to the fact she started modeling only three years ago. She had it all and more; jewelries, fast cars, ample supply of the opposite sex and a fan base that will intimidate Michael Jackson. Knowing the kind of world she lived in, Sara never gave anything to chance, she maintained a strict diet (like no eating), took a steady doze of the right slimming pills just to remain thin.
One day, Sara got tired, so tired that she passed out on the stage during a show. In the hospital, the doctor looked at her but all he could was a bag of bones. He could not see the jewelries, fast cars and the wealth, instead he saw a sick girl who was dying. Sara had Anorexia and she was too far-gone. Sara was bewildered, how could this be? She only wanted to be thin; after all, thin is latest fashion. How can something so fashionable be so deadly? Sara got her answer a while later as she gave up the ghost. Anorexia is a fashion that kills. That fear of being fat might just end up with you being dust. So what exactly is Anorexia?
Often called Anorexia Nervosa, Anorexia is defined by Encarta as a mental illness in which a person has an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of their weight and body shape. People with this illness believe themselves to be fat even when their weight is so low that their health is in danger. A person with anorexia nervosa severely restricts food intake and usually becomes extremely thin. You are probably going like this only happens to white people right? Wrong, hundreds of blacks suffer from this illness and more dangerous is that the fact that ignorance is killing people faster than the disease itself. What one must first understand is that before Anorexia becomes really life threatening, it must have taken residence in your mind where you have created a distorted picture of your physical image brought upon by societal pressure and ones low self-esteem. Minor little dangers that can transform from a mole hill to a mountain.
Although cases of self-starvation have been known since antiquity, anorexia nervosa has become much more common in modern Western societies as thinness has increasingly become a primary measure of attractiveness. The disorder is popular among white people but like I have pointed out it is not exclusive to them, and people involved in activities where thinness is especially prized, such as dancing, theater, and distance running. More than 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in females, but some experts believe that many cases of anorexia nervosa in males go unreported. The disorder typically begins in the mid- to late teenage years.
The long and short of this article is that be cool with yourself it will keep you safe now I am not encouraging indulgence and obesity but I am definitely prescribing a right self esteem which equals; duh, I was made wonderfully and beautifully by God so of course I am perfect the size I am. If you are wondering why I chose this topic to write on I can only genuinely answer that, I chose it not for the disease itself but for what it represents a gross dissatisfaction with the way the creator made you. Note; dieting is not bad as long as it recommended and not starvation, also as long as your reasons are not for some twisted need to fill among by being thin and ‘sexy’.
By Bunmi Obanawu