The video highlights a charity catwalk show in which I modelled and helped organise last year, for a local eating disorder charity. The event was designed to raise awareness of the diversity of those that suffer from eating disorders. The underlying message was to love the shape you are. This show is an annual event and is held at The University of Central Lancashire by Shelly Perry who is the Director and Founder of SEED. I would highly recommend the service for anyone who feels they might benfit from it for it’s professional and compassionate approach to treatment.
Eating disorders (ED’s) are characterised by a pronounced disturbance in eating behaviour and the negative self-attributions (with regards to image) that promote such a disturbance. Often ED’s manifest in people who believe they are overweight when actually they are not. The everyday activities of ED symptomatics can be negatively affected by their condition such as struggling in their professional and personal lives due to the intrusive nature of thoughts related to the condition. ED’s can have numerous causes, including issues of family attachment, self-esteem and negative life events to name only a few.
Classified ED’s include: Anorexia Nervosa (AN; disorder with calorie restriction, binge eating or purging in order to remain at a below optimum weight), Bulimia Nervosa (BN; calorie purging and non-purging, with a lack of control over eating to maintain a below optimal weight) which are more prevalent in but not limited to women and Eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS; where criteria in the previous descriptions are not met entirely but there is enough evidence to indicate the presence of a disorder) (DSM-IV, 2000).
The criteria for ED’s are not rigid with regards to some disorders, as indicated by the presence of EDNOS, and there are also other disorders that can be seen as co-morbid with ED’s such as: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, executive dysfunction and more. Further conditions involving eating disturbances include: Muscle Dysmorphia (MD, bigorexia, reverse anorexia, the adonis complex), which is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, in which sufferers seek to increase they’re weight (specifically they’re lean muscle mass) due to the perception that they are small despite well developed musculature in many cases. Eating disturbances in MD, however, need not be a core component of the disorder in some cases. MD is found most frequently in males but is not restricted to males only.
If you feel you identify with anything in my post, please feel free to contact any of the organisations listed below. If you are concerned about a family member with regards to ED’s please contact the relevant organisations or your GP for support and advice as to how to approach the subject with your loved ones.