Eating disorders tend to go beyond the boundaries of having to be skinny with restricted-eating habits (most seem to be attached to their owner psychologically). That is to say – the psychological element is often the instigator behind a woman believing she’s fat, overly fat, or even verging on the side of being fat.
Even hungry by an anorexia sufferer isn’t such an unusual practice, together with purging (eating, followed by forced/self-inflicted nausea after-wards). Other symptoms might include: obsessive exercise, and using laxatives to help themselves lose-weight.
The”press” has much to do with anorexia, as each time one watches the t.v., or flips through a magazine – the something that becomes apparent is -“the perfect look,” where skinny girls are”glamorized,” and obese women are”looked-down upon” (a factor that could propel a woman [or child] into believing she may be looked-down upon whether she does not exhibit the same perfect profile that the public asks for.
Women are different to men with respect to beauty – remember, many women won’t leave the house in the morning without putting their makeup on first (because of the fear of not being regarded as beautiful [a psychological factor that men don’t have to live with]). Also, it’s fairly commonly known – a man may have two or three pairs of shoes in the closet to combine with their garments, whereas a woman may have a couple of dozen pairs of shoes in theirs (again a psychological element for women, also considered an unnecessary aspect of life for most guys ]).
However, many of that small proportion work in what are regarded as”women’s jobs” by many men – dancers, and models, etc., and where there is a need to be fit and slim (although they do exist – fat dancers and models aren’t commonly called for from the public eye).
Some women are naturally thin/skinny, so no actual work is needed in exercise and dieting. But for most of us (the crowd) that is not the case, and where not even with exercise and dieting would we end-up using a finely sculptured
Body as those which can be seen on the t.v., and in the many magazines which may be seen at the local paper shop.
As a result of this, for a small percentage of women, the only option to get the perfect body is to eat less. However, a psychological factor appears to set-in on this trip where the perception of what is perfect/slim/skinny gets twisted (at this stage, less food is eaten, in order to become even skinnier – or more ideal as it is seen).
Also, subconsciously, an anorexia sufferer may even feel like they’ve accomplished something great by being able to control their eating (or at least that’s what they believe they are doing). More often than not, the exact same person will be so preoccupied with their eating habits (weight-loss), they may even forget about other important things in life, or may simply avoid doing them all together.
It is thought that anorexia sufferers feel a wonderful sense of achievement because they’re in a position to exercise an extreme level of willpower over what they eat (or more so what they do not eat) and their weight (other reasons for anorexia eating disorders may be heredity).
Conclusion – The simple fact is that the media, tends to bring out the inbuilt weakness of a small percentage of women for the need to be perfect (beautiful), which is nothing more that a psychological aspect that is less important to men.