It seems like everywhere you turn, advertisements, movies and magazines constantly bombard us with images of crazy thin people; searing into our brains that this is society’s idea of a perfect, beautiful person. We are so plagued by these images that men and women go to great lengths to achieve this ‘desired’ image. One such avenue is anorexia nervosa; of which 24 million people of all age groups and genders suffer from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating (Eating Disorders, n.d.).
The statistics are quite shocking and sad (Eating Disorders, n.d.):
Media, Perception, Dieting:
- 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures
- 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape
- 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
- 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
A comparison of the psychological profiles of athletes and those with anorexia found these factors in common: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight
First and foremost, an individual suffering from any eating disorder should seek the assistance of a physician followed by a counselor. Seeing a counselor or therapist does not mean there is anything wrong with you; it’s a healthy way to identify what’s going on and how to grow from there.
One tool to increase the appetite and soothe the tummy is to drink peppermint ginger tea.
Appetite Stimulant Tea
- 2 Teaspoons of dried peppermint or 2 tablespoons of fresh peppermint
- 1 Slice of fresh ginger root
- 16 oz. of Boiling water
- Honey to taste (optional)
- Add the peppermint and ginger to the boiling water and let steep for 10-15 minutes
- Strain and discard the peppermint and ginger, stir in the honey to dissolve
- Serve hot or cold as desired
- Consume before each meal to encourage the appetite
If your loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, lending them a compassionate ear will go a long ways in their steps towards wellness.
Eating Disorders Statistics. (n.d.). ANAD. Retrieved from http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/