A CHOSEN LIFESTYLE
On August 27, 2001 the Australian newspaper The Age published an article that stated that hundreds of Web sites exist that give tips to girls who put themselves on a starvation-level diet on how to avoid the detection of their lifestyle.
The article in The Age stated that physicians and psychologists are appalled by the glamorization of a condition that leads one in ten people diagnosed with it to die, half from suicide and half from other complications related to anorexia nervosa. Farther into the article it was then stated that, about five million people in the United States, most of them teenage girls, have anorexia, a psychological condition closely associated with low self-esteem, intense perfectionism, and a pressing need for control. At least 1000 people diagnosed with anorexia die each year.
That anorexia nervosa is a chosen lifestyle is undeniable. Consider what the article in The Age had to say about that. M, a 15-year-old girl from Ohio, says she visits pro-anorexia sites when she's feeling hungry or depressed. "I sign on and see how everyone is. It helps me to see that everyone is going through the same thing. They are the only people who really understand," she says. "I don't see anorexia like the doctors do. It's just the way I live. I don't see now how I could go back to living any other way," adds M, who said she first became anorexic in 6th grade and who admitted she is hiding the condition from her parents.
Disponível em: <http://fathersforlife.org/health/anorexia1.htm#Lifestyle>. Acesso em: 17 mar. 2008. [Adaptado].
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