Could the Kardashian Family's Shrinking Bodies Cause Eating Disorders?

Could the Kardashian Family’s Shrinking Bodies Cause Eating Disorders?

What are the causes of eating disorders?

What I tell people is that brain chemistry and genetics are guns – so if a family member has an eating disorder, or there’s another mental illness in the family. But what drives the trigger are things like bullying, trauma and how it arose, other social or psychological factors, culture and media. There is a perfect Western society that leads to the stigma and defamation of obesity.

Do the Kardashians contribute to these catalysts?

Part of the culture, this Hollywood ideal has been in the main for so long, the Kardashians are some of the best followed people on Instagram (Kim Kardashian has 331 million followers). People see it on their TV shows, in their photoshopped photos, with weight loss and diet products, and they think that’s something they should do too. There is this point of view if you want to be successful, and if you want to be accepted, you have to look like this.

Some of Kardashian’s photos have been described as “like anorexia”. What is anorexia nervosa, and why are eating disorders so deadly?

Anorexia nervosa is just one of the few Types of eating disorders. They are categorized by restriction of food intake or nutrition. There are subtypes of anorexia that involve purging (excessive exercise, use of laxatives, bingeing, and purging).

Eating disorders are generally the second deadliest mental illness that has only recently been overtaken by opioid overdoses. It is fatal due to medical complications from nutritional deficiency (electrolyte imbalance, heart attack) and suicide: the suicide rate is extremely high among people with eating disorders.

Kim Kardashian has said publicly that she lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s dress for an event. The comment sparked some anger. Can you talk about the reason?

It is unhealthy. I know she went on record to say, “If I did this in an unhealthy way, I wouldn’t talk about it.” But I work in the field of eating disorders and eating disorder. I work on the medical campus. Losing that much weight in that period of time is not a healthy way to do it. It is mentally, emotionally and physically dangerous. You risk doing this not only to affect your organs, including your heart, but also your mind. Because when you lose weight in a way like this, your mind becomes obsessed, and you can really go down that slippery slope toward more eating disorders.

Are girls and young women more likely to have an eating disorder?

It used to be seen as just a middle-class white girl’s disease, but what the past 10 or so years have shown is that eating disorders can affect everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or identity. nationality. Males are less likely to be diagnosed, and people of color are less likely than whites to ask about, be diagnosed with, and treat eating disorders for eating disorders.

What is your reaction to promotions for weight loss and body shaping products from the Kardashian family?

I think it’s really unhealthy. I know Jameela Jamil from the comedy TV series The Good Place has spoken out against the Kardashians a lot, because they don’t use their influence for good. They use it to sell waist trainers and talk about losing weight. We need to work on accepting the way we look and respecting our bodies.

Khloe Kardashian told a reporter that exercise is her “new obsession.” Could how much a person exercise in and of itself be a form of an eating disorder?

Certainly can. When we move our bodies, we feel an endorphin rush, we feel satisfied, and thus there is a kind of addiction to exercise. It can also become OCD, especially in relation to an eating disorder.

However, exercise is beneficial to us. How do we know if it’s obsessive?

It’s all about balance and how rigid you are about your workout routine. How much do you do it? Are 90% of your life and you don’t leave room for other things? Is there stiffness, like when I see people who are really upset or not eating or can’t get on with their day unless they get an X amount of exercise?

There is a sub-forum called Instagram Reality which acts as a kind of wake-up forum, to point out what is real and what is not in online images (face and body adjustments; bad photoshop; etc). Is a forum like this helpful or harmful?

I think it’s good for us to be critical viewers and consumers of social media. It’s important to point out because some people can really be affected by it. But I think there’s also a tendency towards shaming people and just tearing them up for doing these things. They have a platform that they need to use responsibly. I think we can show or point out things, but in a productive conversation, not in a shameful way.

How can parents or friends help prevent someone from falling down the rabbit hole due to an eating disorder?

Approach them in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. You want to gather the facts and also realize and accept that you may not go far enough to take action after one conversation. You want to listen sympathetically, remain calm and not blame. Shyness and isolation lead to eating disorders or any addiction. You want to use “I” statements like, “When I see you throw out your lunch, I feel anxious and sad.” Instead of, ‘You bother me when you eat out; you worry me.’

And in the end, you want to encourage professional help, right?

yes. The therapist will work with them on their self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Oftentimes, they transmit feelings such as sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety into their bodies, because it is easy to focus on their bodies. So, yes, helping someone get into therapy is definitely the most important part.

(Note: This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.)

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