Teens Who Beat Obesity May Be At Risk For Developing Eating Disorders
Sep 11, 2013 19:28
As if you needed any more reminders on how the media thinks that thinness is everything, a new report states that formerly fat teenagers who manage to shed their weight may be at a significant risk of developing eating
"For some reason we are just not thinking that these kids are at risk. We say, 'Oh boy, you need to lose weight, and that's hard for you because you're obese,' " says Leslie Sim, clinical director of the eating disorders program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and lead author of a case study report in October's Pediatrics, published online today.
In the report, Sim and colleagues review two cases in which teens with a history of obesity developed severe, restrictive eating patterns in the process of losing weight. But indications of an eating disorder went unidentified and untreated by medical providers for as long as two years despite regular check-ups.
What's worse is that these individuals are also unlikely to have those disorders diagnosed because they've been brainwashed into thinking that thinness (and not health) is the ultimate goal. Sad.
It's a "new, high-risk population that is under-recognized," says Hagman, medical director of the eating disorders program at Children's Hospital Colorado, who was not involved in the new report.
The kids she sees in this condition "are just as ill in terms of how they are thinking" as they are in terms of physical ailments, she says. "They come in with the same fear of fat, drive for thinness, and excessive exercise drive as kids who would typically have met an anorexia nervosa diagnosis. But because they are at or a even a little bit above their normal body weight, no one thinks about that."
Hopefully this will convince people to stop being such judgmental assholes and start treating fat people like regular human beings instead of expecting them to torture their bodies every day of their lives just so that they can fit in.
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