Yourwellness Magazine is Inspired by Life of Anorexia Sufferer

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Following the death of a young anorexia sufferer who served as a mentor for others with eating disorders, Yourwellness Magazine was inspired to delve into the causes of eating disorders.

A young ambassador for eating disorders has died of heart failure after a 12-year struggle with anorexia nervosa, the Daily Mail reported on August 29th. According to the article, “Facebook tributes to 'bright' eating disorder ambassador, 24, who died of heart failure after 12-year battle with anorexia,” Jay Taylor dedicated her life to helping others fight the disease, and since her sudden death Facebook tributes have flooded in from other sufferers of eating disorders keen to pay their respects to the “bright” young mentor. Jay’s mother Tracey Taylor, told the Daily Mail, ‘The tributes on her Facebook page have been so comforting. She helped so many other people who were suffering from eating disorders, but in the end she just couldn't help herself.’ (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2405817/Facebook-tributes-Eating-Disorder-Association-ambassador-Jay-Walker-24-Newcastle-died-heart-failure-12-year-anorexia-battle.html#ixzz2e0YYiWqe)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine felt compelled to explore child eating disorders. Yourwellness Magazine noted that incidences of child and teenage eating disorders have risen in recent decades. Yourwellness Magazine explained, "Many factors have contributed to the trend including the much-publicised detrimental effect of airbrushed magazine models and 'size 0' culture. Playground bullying has always been an issue associated with many childhood problems and is likely to continue however much we try to dissuade it.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2011/09/fussy-eater-or-eating-disorder/)

Yourwellness Magazine commented that a surprising contributing factor to child eating disorders has been the initiative of Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education classes (PHSE). According to Yourwellness Magazine, many primary schools have been encouraged to ‘screen’ children at the ages of four and 10, to determine whether they are overweight. These children’s parents then receive a letter, which may cause children to feel self-conscious of their weight, and take the anti-obesity advice given in PHSE classes to extremes. Yourwellness Magazine advised parents to look out for symptoms of an eating disorder, such as sudden changes in diet or exercise.

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