I did something unthinkable by my standards on Sunday evening. I sat and watched the Oscars for FIVE hours! Yes, I did. I watched the pre-show, the show and the after show! Though I'm not usually the awards-show-watching-sit-on-the-couch-for-hours-on-end type, I thought I'd get into the spirit of it this year. And the one star who really stood out for me was Angelina Jolie. Of course her beauty, the dress, and the now famous 'leg' (which has its own Twitter page I hear!) drew everyone's attention - but what struck me the most was her thin, frail frame. Now I know she's busy - is it six kids now? And of course in Hollywood, thin is 'IN' all the time - but this to me was a bit too much 'skin and bones' looking.
And interestingly (and not coincidently by any means!) I saw various commercial ads throughout the programming for diet-related products. How perfect - you see these thin women, feel bad about yourself and then conveniently watch the 'magic pill/shake/program' you can use to look like them!
All that got me thinking about Eating disorders and how images like that of Angelina and the like, can really affect women (and men) about their body image. So I wanted to share with you the 10 signs that could indicate someone you care about is struggling with this disease, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) :
1. Binge Eating - Binge eating is a sign of an eating disorder and is characterized by repeated binging to the point of discomfort with compensatory measures to counter that eating (i.e. purging).