Best Eating Disorder Videos of 2013
The Facts on Eating Disorders
Relationships with food aren’t always healthy or easy. Certain feelings or events can change your attitudes toward food. When you hear the term “eating disorder,” you might automatically think of anorexia or bulimia. Still, there are many other types of eating disorders that take food attitudes to different levels. Take a look at the top 10 eating disorder videos of 2013, and learn about all of the facts surrounding these often devastating behaviors.
Extreme Anorexic Speaks Out About the Eating Disorder
Valeria Levitin’s story reveals more than just the physical struggles with anorexia. In this video, the 39-year-old former model describes the loneliness and isolation her eating disorder has caused. The story briefly chronicles the former Russian resident’s healthy beginnings when she came to the United States at the age of 16. She gradually succumbed to both societal and business pressures to be thin. Levitin is barely recognizable from her modeling years, and weighs an astonishing 56 pounds (lbs). She hopes that her story will help prevent others from going down the same devastating path.
Thigh Gap Surfaces as Teenage Girls New Image Obsession
The “thigh gap” is a growing phenomenon among young women. In this video, four high school girls discuss the reasons behind this trend. A thigh gap is characteristic of extreme thinness, and is caused when there is a gap between your thighs when your knees and feet are together. Not only is this unhealthy, but it can even be impossible depending on your own body type. This report also brings up a point worth noting: most teen boys don’t know (or care) about thigh gaps.
My Anorexia Story
Rayne is a typical teenager. At the age of 13, she decided to try and lose a few pounds she had gained over the summer. However, this video chronicles a common occurrence in eating disorders, where the weight loss becomes an obsession. Rayne dropped to 100 pounds, but decided not to stop there. It didn’t help that her peers commented on how good she looked after her weight loss. She knew she had a problem when her weight reached 84 pounds. Watch this video for inspiration, and to see how a simple plan to lose weight can quickly spin out of control.
Demi Lovato Talks About Eating Disorder
Demi Lovato has a life that many might envy. In this interview, however, we get an inside look at the dark side of the pop singer-songwriter’s life. Demi describes how an emergence into the entertainment industry at the age of five influenced an early obsession with her body image. As a teenager, Demi became bulimic, and even self-mutilated herself by cutting her wrists. One important point the 21-year-old makes is that no one could save her from her self-destructing habits. Instead, she had to develop the need to want to help herself. She also admits that every day is still a struggle.
Fox59 Investigates: Teens Hiding Eating Disorders from Parents, Doctors
It’s normal for teenagers to want more privacy from adults. At this age, you may be less likely to share secrets with your parents. But as Fox59 reports in this video, a frightening aspect of the growing secrecy can even pertain to health risks like eating disorders. Even more worrisome is the fact that some doctors may mistakenly dismiss weight loss as being attributed to new, healthier lifestyles. The video clip also touches on the extreme weight loss experienced by Kristi Hardin when she was in high school. Hardin confesses that she felt like she was going to die after losing 55 pounds within five months.
Cause and Effect: How the Media You Consume Can Change Your Life
This short video by MissRepresentaion.org looks at the ways the media adversely affects young girls’ lives. According to the organization, 48 percent of girls wish they were skinny like models within minutes of flipping through a magazine. On top of that, the clip says that too much media consumption leads to feelings of shame and guilt in teen girls. Watch this video to gain inspiration to make changes in media consumption and how such shifts may lead to the rise of more female leaders.
This five-minute video offers an educational and insightful look into the facts surrounding anorexia. This includes common symptoms of starvation, vomiting, vigorous exercise, and the use of diuretics and laxatives. You’ll learn why this eating disorder is most common in adolescents, teens, and young adults. The clip also explores the growing link between media and unhealthy obsessions with weight, as well as bullying.
Eating Disorders – Binge Eating
Binge eating is a serious yet often overlooked eating disorder. It has increased in prevalence in industrialized countries, where both food and stress are abundant. Dr. Sylvia Gearing discusses the truth surrounding this often misunderstood eating disorder. As with other eating disorders, binge eating is most often caused by emotional stress. Still, binge eaters look to food to calm emotions and decrease stress. Gearing explains that binge eating is the most common of all eating disorders. It’s also characterized by food restrictions along with frequent periods of rapid consumption.
'Full House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Talks Bulimia Struggles
America knew her best as the happy character D.J. Tanner on Full House. Candace Cameron Bure has dealt with her own personal demons off-screen, as seen in this insightful clip on HLN’s Dr. Drew On Call. The actress discusses her struggles with bulimia nervosa and how spirituality helped her overcome those personal demons. Seeking medical help is the most important step towards physical recovery, but spiritual help may assist you in staying true to yourself throughout recovery.
Understanding Exercise Bulimia
Dr. Drew Pinsky takes on another aspect of bulimia nervosa with his spotlight on exercise obsessions. Maintaining your weight means balancing calories, which often involves exercising. What sets exercise bulimia apart from healthy weight maintenance is an obsession with working out. As actress Traci Dinwiddie explains in the clip, the obsession takes over despite excruciating pain. Learn the signs of exercise bulimia and how it’s different from working out for enjoyment.
Get the Facts
Eating disorders are common, but the facts and symptoms are often misunderstood. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders estimates that eating disorders affect 24 million Americans of both genders, as well as all ages. Learning the truth about eating disorders will not only help you get the assistance you need for you and your loved ones, but the facts can also create changes in perceptions of human worth. It’s also important to remember that depression often goes hand-in-hand with eating disorders.