Fashion Industry and Social Media Influence
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Eating disorder has evolved from the religious practice of fasting and now to the false advertisement of different media worldwide from television, radio, newspaper, magazine, and the internet or what we call social media. Nowadays, we are all taught by social media that the definition of beauty has a thin and slender body. However, social media has given us a different perception.
Women across the globe started to see models who were underweight as the standard of beauty. Many risks came along with the rise of this kind of perception. One of those risks is Anorexia.
Because of these false advertisements, women started to starve themselves to meet people’s expectations. Little by little, women are transforming into what they thought was a healthy lifestyle, but in reality, these women nowadays are teaching themselves to go far beyond what they should be doing;, the result is Anorexia.
Facts checker, Eating Disorder: (Signs and Symptoms)
The followings are the signs and symptoms of Anorexia:
- Adopting eating rituals, such as weighing food and spitting it out after chewing
- Avoiding eating in public
- Making excuses for not eating
- Not eating elaborate meals that they cook for others
- Only eating what they believe are “safe” foods
- Refusing to eat anything or specific food groups, such as carbohydrates and fats
- Skipping meals
Some people with Anorexia may also make themselves sick, do an extreme amount of exercise, or use medicine to help them to excrete their waste or poop in layman’s terms (laxatives, e.g., Senna tea) or to make them pee (diuretics, e.g., coffee) to try to stop themselves gaining weight from any food they do eat.
A traumatic experience can trigger a person’s turmoil and isolation in individuals. Most of the people who had a traumatic experience tried to avoid anything that would remind them of the dire situation that they’d been through. As a result, they lost their friends, and relationships, poor job performance, social withdrawal, and, worst, self-destruction among themselves. Many studies have shown that people who had a traumatic experience tend to have an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa. The earlier the trauma occurs, the more intense the outcome.
Fears and Phobias
We already know that an anorexic person has a fear of food consumption. That is why they are doing everything they can do to refrain from eating. The fear or phobia of being rejected by the current society is one of the major things that cause an individual to have an eating disorder.
People suffer from anorexia nervosa because they want to be accepted and gain affirmation and consent from others, whether a friend, acquaintance or even a stranger. This is because social media has greatly influenced us on almost every person aspect of our lives. Because of the impact or influence of social media, people fear what other people will say. Hence, people started to starve themselves without noticing that that habit became an addiction and led to an eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa.
Deep psychosomatic blockages
We all have our childhood memories but not every child has a childhood memory that they wanted to remember. One may have had a bad childhood memory, leading to a deep psychosomatic blockage. A psychosomatic disorder is a disease that involves both the mind and body. It is caused by emotional stress and shows in the body as physical pain. The symptoms may include aches, pains, muscle spasms, and headaches, possibly from unconsciously tensing your muscles for extended periods.
Biochemicals and the brain connection
(Serotonin access path)
Low serotonin levels in the brain have been associated with depressive disorders, and treatments for depression aim to increase these levels.
The most commonly prescribed medications, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRis, block serotonin reuptake by the transmitting neurons.
If you are afraid of the side effects caused by SSRis called serotonin syndrome, you may opt to use other alternative methods such as natural therapy.
Bach Flower Remedies for emotional blockages
There are ways to treat Anorexia nervosa. One of the best ways is to fight the signs of early depression. As most doctors would say, prevention is better than cure, so at the very beginning of a state of depression, you should be doing something about it to avoid more serious damage not just to your health physically but also emotionally and to your entire wellness.
Meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga
Aside from exposure to bright lights, tryptophan-rich diets and physical exercise, we can also treat Anorexia through meditation, taichi and yoga.
Yogic breathing gives you a feeling of relaxation and decreases anxiety. Gentle breathing practices, such as alternate nostril breathing, effortlessly calm the mind, slow the heart rate, and increase oxygen flow to the brain.
We are better equipped to defuse negative thoughts and feelings in this calmer state. We can also develop greater psychological flexibility and create connections that enrich their lives and support their recovery.
Tai Chi is similar to physical exercise but in slow motion. It helps our mind to feel relaxed, calm and feel a state of tranquillity.
Talking about it. Family and Friends support
(Support Group in Dubai)
Family and Friends are the first people to know what we are going through, especially in tough times, but for some people, it’s so difficult for them to open up to their own family or even friends. That is why we at Naet Dubai believe that support groups are very important during this trial, time or period. Together we can fight this and pass-through this traumatic situation in life. Still, there are other means or forms of treatment that can help us heal.
Let us know how we can help you.