Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2008
The bed days that are taken up by eating disorder patients have increased over 30 percent in recent decades and threatens the operational capacity of our national healthcare system. Over the last 5 years eating disorders have been a common topic among celebrity gossip pages and now are continually part of the zeitgeist. Research shows that the continual coverage of celebrity food dysfunction is glorifying eating disorders. The Center for Healthy Living has introduced a new set of online resources to help curb this trend and rehabilitate those suffering.
It's already been accepted that celebrities suffering from eating disorders influence children and adults alike. Simply by associating a disorder with multiple celebrities the media opens the gateway to glorifying what can be a debilitating addiction. By evaluating search trends we can see that since 2002 there has been a decrease in people searching for treatment of eating disorders, yet an increase in the occurrence of eating disorders as well as the media coverage of it. Although this method of measuring interest, addiction and treatment trends is not impervious to argument, it is a relevant prognosis of the zeitgeist.
Since the dawn of Hollywood attentive teens and adults alike have mimicked the actions of the stars. In the formative days of the entertainment industry major studios had clauses in their contracts that (depending on popular trends) requested that they smoke or not smoke, wear makeup anytime they were outside of their house and many were required to appear to be upstanding citizens and role models. The major studios knew immediately how influential their stars would be and although many of those requirements for being a star now have been toned down, the celebrities themselves are just as influential.
Anytime a withering celebrity is made the subject of a broadcast, article or gossip column it appears to the viewer perhaps at first that this is a tragedy. However, as more and more celebrities are recognized as suffering from eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia or even chronic overeating) the trend becomes synonymous with success and stardom.
At the Center for Healthy Living treatment for eating disorders is a year-round activity. Success in defeating this mainstreasm acceptance of eating disorders as a way of life can only be achieved if the media tones down the coverage of celebrity struggles and makes the situation about real people. At http://www.edtreatmentcenters.com there are numerous resources just made available for everyday people who are struggling with issues of weight loss and eating disorders.
For more information on treatment and research of eating disorders please visit http://www.edtreatmentcenters.com.