What Are Three of the Main Dangers Associated With Dieting?

Question by kntdjr: What are three of the main dangers associated with dieting?
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Answer by Amy J
The possible induction of eating disorders, not getting enough nutrition, and loss of stamina.

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Hidden Dangers of Dieting

Following a study by St George’s Hospital Medical School, the Daily Mail reported recently that “Girls and young women who constantly count the calories are in danger of developing anorexia in later life”.

The medical school in Tooting, South West London carried out a study which involved examining hundreds of cases of women going back over the last 35 years and were to put the findings to the Royal College of Psychiatrists annual meeting at the end of June.

Experts discovered that women over 25 suffering from anorexia were likely to have been on strict diets for a number of years. Most had simply wanted to lose a little weight, only for what may have begun as sensible dieting to spiral out of control into anorexia.

The Mail, quoting Professor Arthur Crisp, co-author of the research report, said “We found that women who develop anorexia nervosa over the age of 25 are more likely to have started dieting as a way of cutting back on calories in their early twenties or late teens.”

The study also found that women who developed it later in life were more likely to come from working-class and lower-class backgrounds whereas this had been previously thought to have been a middle-class disorder.

“We are not sure why, but it could be that they are not under the same pressures to achieve good exam results or pursue careers as middle-class young women and adolescents. It could be that they have time in their mid-20’s and beyond for unresolved issues to surface, and when they do, anorexia may be a way of dealing with them.” says the Professor.

The Mail goes on “Other experts believe the study is a warning to all women of the dangers of dieting.”

Psychotherapist Jilly Green, of the Centre for Eating Disorders, in London is quoted as saying “Many people think dieting is harmless, but we see many women, including those who are in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, who have dieted and then gone on to develop the disease. At the end of the day no one can be on a diet for life, and getting comfortable with yourself is the key message we would wish to get across. Food is there for health and to be enjoyed, but dieting can easily lead to an unhealthy obsession with food.”

The Centre for Eating Disorders is to launch a national helpline.

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