“What is it – no, I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,” Rush Limbaugh
“Apparently I’m getting a lot of grief out there for my highly civil comments about Michelle Obama eating short ribs in Vail. They’re saying it’s below the belt. Well, given where she wears her belts, isn’t just about everything about her below the belt when you look at the fashion sense that she has?” Rush Limbaugh.
Excuse you Mr. Limbaugh but not every woman is reminiscent of the skeleton Caucasian remains of those you typically see gracing magazine covers. Just as it is unhealthy to be obese, so is it to be a bag of bones. Have you looked at the effects of anorexia and bulimia? Have you seen the emaciated remains of women attempting to fit into the portrayal of what you say women are supposed to look like?
Man, screw you Mr. Limbaugh. Have you heard of the super model that just died from anorexia? Do you have any idea in hell how many people suffer from body image disorder? Do you know how many patients I see admitted to psychiatric units on a daily basis for eating disorders? Have you checked your own waist line Mr. Limbaugh? Besides your receding hair line, cancerous looking skin, and bulging pot belly, you remind me of Dementia and Alzheimer’s waiting to happen. God doesn’t like ugly and he doesn’t care for pretty either.
Michelle Obama with her curvy hips, beautiful broad shoulders, brown eyes, toned thighs, and shaped biceps is an inspiration to me. What makes you think she’s not a swimsuit model? According to whose biased standards? It’s funny how men buried in their own belly fat expect women to live up to unrealistic expectations. Next time you’re fixing your spit laced lips, swallow this Mr. Limbaugh.
Eating Disorders are Widespread and Destructive
- Eating disorders cause immeasurable suffering for individuals and their families.
- Eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in America:
- Seven to ten million women
- One million men
All segments of society are affected: Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, all ethnicities, all socio-economic levels.
* ANAD Ten Year Study
- 86% report onset of illness by the age of 20*
- 10% report onset at 10 years or younger
- 33% report onset between ages of 11-15
- 43% report onset between ages of 16-20
DURATION OF ILLNESS/MORTALITY:
- 77% report duration from one to fifteen years*
- 30% report duration from one to five years
- 31% report duration from six to ten years
- 16% report duration from eleven to fifteen years
- It is estimated that six percent of serious cases die
- Only 50% report being cured
COST OF TREATMENT:
- Treatment for anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia is often extremely expensive and can extend for several years.
- The cost of inpatient treatment can be $30,000 or more a month.
- The cost of outpatient treatment, including therapy and medical monitoring, can extend to $100,000 or more.
- Preoccupation with food, weight and body
- Ruptured stomach
- Serious heart, kidney, and liver damage
- Tooth/gum erosion
- Tears of the esophagus
- Low self-esteem
- Shame and guilt
- Impaired family and social relationships
- Mood swings
- “All or nothing” thinking
Eating disorders are rampant in our society, yet few states in the nation have adequate programs or services to combat anorexia nervosa, bulimia and compulsive eating. Only a small number of schools and colleges have programs to educate our youth about the dangers of eating disorders.
Every state in our nation and thousands of schools have extensive programs aimed to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse. The value of such programs, especially education programs, has been proven and accepted for school curricula. The immense suffering surrounding eating disorders, the high cost of treatment, and the longevity of those illnesses make it imperative that vastly expanded education programs be implemented to prevent anorexia nervosa and related disorders.
Since 86 percent of victims report the onset of their illness by age 20, education programs should focus on these ages in order to maximize preventive efforts
ANAD’s education/early detection/prevention programs provide models for low-cost outreach services that benefit hundreds of thousands of our youth. ANAD has urged federal and state governments to undertake and develop education programs for our citizens. www.anad.org