|One in five women and one in twelve men are sufferers:-
|One source currently estimates that one out of every five women and one in twelve men suffer from an eating disorder or a severe illness related to a diet related problem. Even more alarming is that this number is increasing on a year on year basis. Studies estimate that 250000 women in the US, Canada and Western Europe will die of an eating related disorder or an illness such as anorexia or bulimia directly associated with incorrect diets. There is considerable evidence that dieting is a precursor to several deadly diseases. The US health department in conjunction with the IRS consider correct dieting to be so important that they are now offering a tax deduction for a doctor prescribed weight loss program.
Anorexia nervosa is a disorder characterized by deliberate weight loss, induced and/or sustained by the patient. The disorder occurs most commonly in adolescent girls and young women, but adolescent boys and young men may be affected more rarely, as may children approaching puberty and older women up to the menopause.(Extract from ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992 )
Bulimia nervosa is a syndrome characterized by repeated bouts of overeating and an excessive preoccupation with the control of body weight, leading the patient to adopt extreme measures so as to mitigate the 'fattening" effects of ingested food. The term should be restricted to the form of the disorder that is related to anorexia nervosa by virtue of sharing the same psychopathology. The age and sex distribution is similar to that of anorexia nervosa, but the age of presentation tends to be slightly later. The disorder may be viewed as a sequel to persistent anorexia nervosa (although the reverse sequence may also occur). A previously anorexic patient may first appear to improve as a result of weight gain and possibly a return of menstruation, but a pernicious pattern of overeating and vomiting then becomes established. Repeated vomiting is likely to give rise to disturbances of body electrolytes, physical complications (tetany, epileptic seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, muscular weakness), and further severe loss of weight. (Extract from ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992 )
I don't care whether your diet is politically correct. I care whether your food choices are consistent with your love. I care whether they bring you health, uphold your spirit, and help you fulfill your true nature and reason for being alive. - JOHN ROBBINS from The Food Revolution