Today I wanted to do something a little different for my post and bring some attention to an organization called ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). This organization is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
My sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, is currently taking part in ANAD week in hopes to spread awareness across our nation. All week these girls have been taking action on campus with different campaigns, activities and vigils to spread the word about the dangers of eating disorders and the influence today’s media has on our bodies.
So today, I wanted to take action off campus and help spread the word to our Broke and Shameless followers. Below is a series of pictures portraying just a few of my sisters and their beautiful bare, makeup free, faces, as well as some facts about body image and eating disorders.
25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique
Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents
The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females
69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape
42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male
81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.”
95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years
35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting
In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight
…of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight
Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives
About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns
Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders
20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems
I must admit, taking a makeup free selfie is not easy for me. Yet in honor of ANAD week, I think it is important to celebrate your true, natural self (and give a big F U to our society’s rules of beauty). So I am encouraging all of you to celebrate with me and my sisters, and post a #nomakeup selfie to share the love.
If you or someone you know if suffering from an eating disorder, or for more information on ANAD, please visit anad.org
If you haven’t already read my post from body image week, click this link and check it out!