Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Fear of being body shamed ‘drove’ Miss California to dread food - Sovereign Health Group
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03-03-17 Category: Eating Disorders

As the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is being observed from February 26 through March 4, 2017, across the country, it’s imperative to talk about the fashion industry models, especially female supermodels, who are most affected by eating disorders.

Life for a young girl foraying into the world of modeling in Los Angeles, while her parents were on the verge of separation, was rife with horrors, which included coerced starvation, loneliness and mild depression. It wasn’t easy to get slimmer than slim and skinnier than skinny in the City of Angels, which is fixated with “appearance and measurements,” says Nadia Mejia, the 20-year-old Miss California USA 2016.

Any day at work for the model was like being a product on a shelf in a supermarket. The long wait hours during every casting were excruciatingly painful as Mejia hoped to be picked from an assemblage of girls as pretty as her, moving their bodies in provocative and enlivened ways, while roving eyes swiftly scanned each woman’s contour, judging her from head to toe.

Getting accustomed to constant objectification, high levels of scrutiny and negative commentary didn’t come easily to her. It was as if fate deprived her of any say against ruthless bookers who were ever ready to body shame her at any time, damaging her confidence. It was a rat race to achieve unrealistic standards of beauty set by the ruthless media and the ever-demanding fashion industry.

The pressure to strut on stage in a flowing dress in size 0, coupled with the fear of losing a potential contract or a catwalk with a great designer drove her to dread food more than anything in the world that she went from 132 lbs to an anorexic 102 lbs in a span of just two months.

For eight months of her life, she was consumed by a maniacal urge to check her daily calorie intake so that it didn’t exceed 1,000 a day and to run four miles a day. The quest to reach an illusory degree of perfection plunged her into the depths of anorexia. At an age when her body was still developing, she was preoccupied about gaining a few centimeters around her hips. With multitudes eyeing for the same spots in the cutthroat glamor industry, she faced immense pressure to be in the spotlight. Sadly, starving to survive was the sole solution to success.

Eating disorders are a matter of concern

As per the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life. The eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

Eating disorders are widespread among those who are obsessed with their body weight and shape to the extent that they may restrict their eating in pursuit of extreme thinness. Though the disorder is common in both sexes, young women seem to be more prone to suffer from this health issue. According to a study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April 2016, girls attending schools that have a higher proportion of female students are likely to be diagnosed with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. A person’s family background might also increase the chances of developing an eating disorder, said the study.

Sovereign Health can help

Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems and if not nipped in the bud can lead to life-threatening consequences. Sovereign Health understands the plight of living up to the standards of modern society, which tends to define beauty by physical attributes. Your teen’s overall well-being is our utmost priority and we are here to help your loved ones in their journey to complete recovery.

The Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego’s state-of-the-art eating disorder program is committed to the treatment of anorexia and bulimia, providing both inpatient and outpatient services for adolescent females in the age group of 12 to 17 years. The facility is under 24/7 supervision of our well-trained and qualified staff for your teen’s protection.

Recovery road map

Sovereign Health of California provides comprehensive addiction treatment for both adolescent and adult patients. If you want to know more about our eating disorders program in California, call our 24/7 helpline number (866) 819-0427 or chat online for immediate assistance. Our eating disorder treatment centers in San Diego are among the best in the country for teens.

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