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Does 'The Biggest Loser' Promote Anorexia and Bulimia?

Does 'The Biggest Loser' Promote Anorexia and Bulimia? | Bulimia | Scoop.it
The season finale for The Biggest Loser prompted strong viewer reaction to Rachel Frederickson who won $250,000 by losing 58.62 percent of her 260 pound starting weight. That's a record weight loss in the show's 15 seasons, and at-home viewers assessed it to be too much to be healthy.
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Media resources can be a focal point for the cause of eating disorders, but what about those TV shows that are promoting weight loss to begin with? Once these individuals are no longer on the show, I wonder how many can truly afford a personal trainer and what not. What are shows like these doing to society?

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Overcoming bulimia: a student's reflection on an eating disorder - The Knox Student

Overcoming bulimia: a student's reflection on an eating disorder - The Knox Student | Bulimia | Scoop.it
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Overcoming bulimia: a student's reflection on an eating disorder
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Hannah knew it was time to get help again. She had been obsessing over it.
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It is terrifying to think of how young women start to criticize their bodies even at the young age of 8 (or whatever age you may be in second grade). Criticizing one's own body does not begin at puberty - we need to be aware of what we are saying to children and what we are doing to them in order to avoid this tragic disorder. 

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Aerie Lingerie Campaign Uses Unretouched Photos Of Women

Aerie Lingerie Campaign Uses Unretouched Photos Of Women | Bulimia | Scoop.it
Lingerie store Aerie, American Eagle's little sister, has launched Aerie Real, a Spring 2014 ad campaign that only contains unretouched photos of real women. So, what is Aerie and what are they doing exactly?

Via Thomas Faltin
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I really appreciate that Aerie is doing this campaign, because young girls and college women are the main demographic of the company - it is a very positive influence! It is campaigns like this that can help aid girls to see that they don't need to starve or vomit themselves to feel beautiful.

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Ke$ha's manager encouraged her to turn to bulimia and drugs for weight loss - Examiner.com

Ke$ha's manager encouraged her to turn to bulimia and drugs for weight loss - Examiner.com | Bulimia | Scoop.it
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Ke$ha's manager encouraged her to turn to bulimia and drugs for weight loss
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Ke$ha's former manager, David Sonenberg, browbeat her to do whatever it took to lose weight, including doing drugs, vomiting and starving herself.
Elizabeth Braden's insight:

Sometimes women (even celebrities) do not think it is up to them to lose weight or to be thinner. Not only is the media dangerous, but the ones closest to you can be the cause for this dangerous disorder.

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The Rise Of Eating Disorders

The Rise Of Eating Disorders | Bulimia | Scoop.it
Alarming figures released on Thursday show hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 16% from last year to 2,288.
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It is terrifying how much influence social media has on eating disorders, but I definitely admire that websites like Pinterest are working towards stopping search keywords that relate to eating disorders. I hope other sites will begin to do this as well and families will recognize the issues of eating disorers and teach their kids the dangers and to not listen too much to social media when it come to your body. 

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Jaimee's curator insight, February 27, 2014 9:11 AM

Just as much as it can be the media it can also be family members. If you are in a household with someone who on a constant complains about their image a child can then take n see this and imitate what that person is doing. They then will eventually start to actually think something is wrong when there is nothing to be worried about.

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Study: Bulimics 4 Times More Likely to Get Diabetes - US News

Study: Bulimics 4 Times More Likely to Get Diabetes - US News | Bulimia | Scoop.it
Household survey across several countries reveals new link
between diabetes and eating disorders.
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I never even though about disorders linking to other health problems such as diabetes. It is honestly terrifying - this is something we need to educate those that may be suffering with this disorder: if they do not get help with their current disorder, they may struggle with future health problems that will last a lifetime. 

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Ke$ha's Mom Says Weight Bullying Nearly Killed Her Daughter

Ke$ha's Mom Says Weight Bullying Nearly Killed Her Daughter | Bulimia | Scoop.it
It has been less than a month since pop star Ke$ha took fans by surprise and checked herself into rehab for an eating disorder.
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Not only was this article appaling of how dangerous this celebrities eating disorder was, but the slideshow under the article (Stars Who've Battled Eating Disorders) was terrifying thinking of how many female celebrities have had an eating disorder - especially bulimia. 

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Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues - Huffington Post

Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues - Huffington Post | Bulimia | Scoop.it
Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues
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Statistics show that approximately 92 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape.
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This is the first time I have seen an article say that it is NOT just the media for women's body issues - it is all around them. I appreciate the articles tips on what we can teach girls about body image before they attack themselves. 

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Eating Disorders: Do Men and Women Differ?

Eating Disorders: Do Men and Women Differ? | Bulimia | Scoop.it
Given that eating disorders disproportionately affect women, it is not unreasonable to assume that men differ from women in clinical presentation, personality and psychological characteristics. My ...
Elizabeth Braden's insight:

This is going to be my primary focus for my research paper on Bulimia: Do woman have more eating disorders than men/do men and women differ? There are not many articles on men with bulimia, but there are cases of it. I think this is something we need to be aware of in society: eating disorders are not primarily focused on women, men can be affected by it too. 

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Jaimee's curator insight, February 27, 2014 9:08 AM

It confirms my idea as to men and women being on a equal spectrum when it comes to image. Men want to be the just as attractive in certain areas as women do.

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CMU student death linked to bulimia - WOOD-TV

CMU student death linked to bulimia - WOOD-TV | Bulimia | Scoop.it
WOOD-TV CMU student death linked to bulimia WOOD-TV Rosalyn Baker, a therapist at the Fountain Hill Center in Grand Rapids, said eating disorders like bulimia can be brought on by a number of different situations including, but not limited to,...
Elizabeth Braden's insight:

"Bulimia is a silent illness...often done in secrecy,". It is terrifying to think that we lose people due to an illness that we cannot see by just simply looking at someone. With media portraying women with exceeding expectations of how women in normal society should look, we need to be more aware. Aware of what we believe when reading media articles and aware of how we exagerrate our appearance. We don't want to feed negativity to one another, especially something that has to do with the perception of our body. 

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