Thanks to the growing number of Instagram models and widely advertised unreasonable and discriminatory beauty standards, an increasing number of men, women and other sexes are falling prey to several eating disorders. This article is an attempt to cover several aspects of the eating disorders prevalent among the youth and help the person who is suffering from one to reach out for help. Also, it is important to sensitize people towards this growing problem so that they can recognise the struggle of another person and help them to overcome it. Here are a few facts.
a. Disorders do not discriminate:
It does not matter whether the patient is among the top five percentile in the class or is the most humourous person in your class. Disorders are not restricted to the privileged or the middle-class people only and there is nothing glamorous about them. There are fatal mental illnesses that are pushing more and more people towards death. They need to be taken seriously so that they get the help they require and can come back to normalcy.
b. It is not just body shape or size
Thin shape? Definitely anorexic. It is so easy to quickly judge a person by his or her or their shape or size but let me burst the bubble for you. Eating disorders are mental diseases. Even if physical symptoms are not the same, the mental conditions, unfortunately, are similar. An overweight person can have an eating disorder and deserves the same seriousness a thin person receives.
c. What’s in a joke? Right?
“Hey, here comes the match stick”, “Look at the baby elephant dancing, I am sure the dance floor will break into pieces if he continues for a few more minutes.” Body shaming has become so regular that it is has become okay to crack jokes on a person’s shape or size. “Come on, we were just kidding. What’s the big deal?” People do not realize that their jokes are negatively affecting someone’s mental peace and slowly pushing him or her or them into an eating disorder.
d. Eating disorders feed off of shame and stigma:
Most often, the sufferers are unable to reach out because the person they wanted to confide in is the person who is cracking jokes on their body. They internalize the hurtful remarks and slowly crawl into their personal hellhole.