Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
The media has a way of distorting many truths and realities, particularly when it comes to mental health. Psychiatric illnesses, such as eating disorders, are often glamorized and portrayed to be something other than it really is, causing tremendous misconception among those who may be less informed about these diseases.
When we hear of celebrities or actors/actresses who have struggled with an eating disorder, there is typically a lack of full disclosure of the events surrounding their plight.
Eating Disorders In the Movie Industry
Eating disorders, like any other disease or illness, do not discriminate, nor do the individuals who struggle with these diseases suffer by choice. While eating disorders are not caused by a specific factor, there are many different aspects that can trigger an eating disorder. For a person who may already be susceptible to having an eating disorder, environmental factors can be a trigger cause of the development of these illnesses. This may include a person’s job, relationship, finances, career and more.
There is not a direct connection between a certain job and eating disorder development though jobs that are more strenuous and emotionally/physically demanding can be triggering for a person who may already be vulnerable to having an eating disorder. The movie industry can be an example of a job field that may promote eating disordered behaviors.
This may be due to promotion of a certain body type, difficult job conditions, such as long work days, traveling, etc. and more. A person in the movie industry may have inconsistent work and pay, which can also contribute to increased stress and anxiety.
Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment
Early identification and treatment of eating disorders is essential for intervention. Many individuals in the movie industry may feel hesitant to step out and seek the help they need for treatment due to fear of losing their job, but prolonging the time for seeking help can increase the dangers associated with these diseases.
Eating disorder treatment is offered in many different forms, though it is always best to consult with a specialist to determine the most appropriate type of care needed for recovery.
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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.
As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.
We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on May 3, 2016
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