April 29, 2021

‘Why Is Weight Used To Measure Worth?’

Lauren Fowlds

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Approximately 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and bulimia and binge eating disorders cause extreme medical complications. In every case, eating disorders severely affect the physical, emotional and mental state of the individual. 75% of those who suffer from an eating disorder are female. In my 21 years, I have not met a single woman who has not felt ashamed of her body at some point in her life and changed her eating habits as a result. Women’s bodies are constantly under scrutiny- from the media, our families or just society in general. Our bodies are compared to an ideal so far out of our reach that we kill ourselves trying to achieve it. Diet culture is so engrained into our society that often we don’t even recognise it. We have normalised not eating three meals a day, juice cleanses, calorie counting and much more. I made this piece to share my personal experience but more so to highlight the wider issues surrounding diet culture and its devastating consequences. I refuse to be another statistic; I am more than the number on the scales.