Eating Disordered Behaviors among 65% of American Women

A little round up of some body image information that has come out in the last week:

(1) Popular F-Word Blogger sticks it to Self and basically tells the magazine to take some responsibility.

An article in the LA Times reports that Self Magazine, along with the University of North Carolina, published a survey on Tuesday which stated the following: 65% of American women, ages 25-45, display some sort of disordered eating behaviors. In addition,10% of women report symptoms consistent with the traditional diagnoses of anorexia or bulimia. The survey described disordered eating behaviors as including attempts to lose weight when you’re already at a normal weight; cutting out entire food groups from your diet and skipping meals.

The survey has generated response from bloggers questioning parts of the study. According to the LA Times, bloggers such as Rachel Richardson, writing on, calls Self Magazine “not so selfless.” Since Richardson is a recovering anorexic and bulimic and her site discusses issues related to body size acceptance, she calls it like it is:

“While I don’t doubt the high levels of unhealthy relationships with food amongst a national cross section of women, I do have to point out that Self isn’t exactly a paragon of body size acceptance. Every edition touts some kind of diet and weight loss plan, along with some half-naked airbrushed woman on its glossy cover.”

Read the whole article

(2) Perhaps your stomach turns from reading some of the popular headlines in the beauty magazines. But across the pond in the UK, people are actually staying home from negative body image sickness. Millions of women refuse to go to work because they feel fat. The findings – from a study of more than 1,000 women – show what low self-esteem and negative body image can do to a woman’s ability to get up and go to work.

Read the whole article

(3) Guess what? You wouldn’t believe it if I told you. A study showed that more than 1 in 5 women (22%) between the ages of 18 and 24 want to be a size zero.


One Response

  1. LOVE this post. Amazing info. It’s not hard to believe that 65% of us have problems with eating considering the images we see in the media everyday. Not only are we bombarded with stick-figured women, at every turn we are hit with these ads encouraging weight loss (at any size, they don’t discriminate, they just want our $). This is the kind of stuff I blog about too. Check out EAT A CHEESEBURGER at and see what you think. We are about a month old. I would love to swap links with you.

    Keep up the insightful blogging,

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