Monday, January 10, 2005

Eating disorders

This article from BBC talks about a study that was done recently to investigate the reasoning for why women are 10 times more likely to suffer from eating disorders than men.


Scientists found the female brain responds differently to a man's when exposed to certain words concerned with body image.

The findings may provide an explanation for why ten times as many women develop anorexia and bulimia than men.



Gee and here I thought the media was largely to blame - for example by potraying images of slim models/actresses incessantly, for showing slimming ads that are almost always targeted towards women and play on their insecurities about their weight and figure.

I thought that these were the main factors that have made a lot of women feel like crap for not being able to attain that perfect figure, and probably caused some of them to develop eating disorders. Guess I was wrong, it's just a biological thing.

Click on the post's title to read Charlene's entry on it as well as a link to the original article.

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