It incenses me that the biggest killer of women is  – eating disorders!

The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females between the ages of 15-24 years old.

For a long time – I too wanted to blame the media, models, magazines – but actually it starts with each one of us mothers, daughters, colleagues, friends, sisters, lovers, fathers, brothers, grandparents we have to stop judging ourselves and criticising ourselves at every opportunity.

Our inner talk is so damaging – which is why we only say some of it aloud!! Just imagine if we talked to our friends the way we talked to ourselves would they still be around?

We have to be kinder to each other our fellow women on a daily basis  – only that will allow our young women and girls to honour their femininity, their individual body shape and grow in self esteem.

It isn’t ok that girls are being hospitalised with anorexia, bulimia and from the age of 8 or 9 or are having competitions about who can eat less!!  Wiping a grain of rice with a tissue in case it is covered in fat!  Or being prescribed anti-depressants at this young age or falling into a cycle of counselling.

Social media is powerful and there have been campaigns by Dove and the campaign by Always Like a Girl Video but why were these not on mainstream media? Why were they limited to social platforms?

I don’t have the answer to this growing issue, but this is something I believe in passionately it makes me mad and it is why I started this blog.

I would love to start a positive conversation to change this so that our girls and boys don’t become part of this generational statistic. Do any of you have any ideas of what we can do about this?

Footnote

I found the statistics in this blog on the ANAD website.