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Dealing with eating disorders in LGBT community

January 29, 2018 Eating Disorders

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Dealing with eating disorders in LGBT community Since time immemorial, eating disorders are associated with young, straight and white women’s disorders but little is known that these disorders can strike anyone, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, demographics, age, economic background and culture. In fact, a large section of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is also affected by this disorder, even though extensive research is necessitated to establish links between an individual’s gender, sexuality, eating disorders and body image. Research indicates that “beginning as early as 12, gay, lesbian and bisexual teens may be at higher risk of binge-eating and purging than heterosexual peers.” Gay and…

Effective ways to combat negative body image

effective-ways-to-combat-negative-body-image Body dissatisfaction, a predominant problem among women, is associated with a range of psychosocial difficulties and disorders like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders and severe depression. The problem of body dissatisfaction varies from the mild feeling of unattractiveness to extreme preoccupation with one’s physical appearance that impairs functioning and social behavior in daily life. Compared to males, women and adolescent girls are more conscious about their body due to the social status attached to their appearance. They consider their body size, much like their weight, as a decisive element of their personality. Due to their obsession for becoming slender…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Overweight people at greater risk of eating disorders, says study

Even though eating disorders have long been stereotyped as women-related ailments, the reality is that they are prevalent across genders and affect a large number of people. According to a new study, a person’s body weight is a highly consistent predictor of eating disorders. Researchers at the University of Michigan also observed that as compared to men, there was a higher prevalence of objective binge eating among women but there was a similar prevalence of compensatory behaviors. According to the researchers, weight status is the most consistent analyst of eating disorder risk with more symptoms observed in overweight or obese…
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