Professors from the Youngstown State University conducted a 3-year study of eating disorders after a student died 4 years ago. The death of Danielle Peters a 21-year old YSU student made the professors conduct this study.
They focused on eating disorders because the student died from bulimia. The researchers conducted this study in order to show just how dangerous these diseases are and how they can be treated.
The student struggled with bulimia for a long time and she had 90 pounds when she died. She used to hide her problem and she was diagnosed only a few months before she died. After her death, the professors decided to make a change.
The study showed that not only women are affected by eating disorders, men can develop them too. The researchers mentioned that the only difference is that men tend to hide what they feel. This study also showed that men, like women, aren’t satisfied by their image and their bodies. This can lead to eating disorders.
The researchers also mentioned that it is really hard to notice someone that is suffering from an eating disorder until it might be too late. There are no typical signs or symptoms and this is why it is so hard to diagnose a person with an eating disorder.
In order to conduct this study, the researchers examined the eating attitudes of their students. They wanted to know if their eating habits were affected by the images of women in magazines and advertising. They also wanted to find out if how they felt about their bodies when they looked at those images.
The results of this study were based on the habits of more than 500 students, both female and male. After the study, the researchers observed that more than 10% of students had the risk of developing eating disorders. They mentioned that the number is a lot bigger than they expected.
The professors mentioned that students don’t have the time to eat healthily and that it is a challenge for them to balance their personal life with their studies. They also mentioned that social media, magazines, and commercials are responsible for making people doubt about their body image.
What is your opinion about eating disorders?
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