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Old 31st October 2011   #1
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Default Food derpivation causes osteoporosis (article)

The efforts of the Prince of Wales to preserve traditional beauty in British architecture have previously been praised on this forum, in a number of articles which have compared the blight of androgynous, angular models to the imposition of bleak, minimalist buildings, which surround us all, every day of our lives.

Now Prince Charles's current wife, the duchess of Cornwall (née Camilla Parker-Bowles) has intervened directly in the war against the promotion of anorexia by calling attention to the crippling effects of osteoporosis, which is one of the many severe consequences that women face when they starve themselves.

In one article she described the effects that this disease had on her mother. But the more significant article, closely related, is this one:

Here are the most significant portions:

Camilla: Glossy magazines and my fear for girls who crash diet to look like models

By Rebecca English
26th October 2011

Young women who go on drastic diets to copy celebrities face a ‘ticking timebomb’ by putting themselves at risk of osteoporosis, the Duchess of Cornwall has warned.

In particular, she highlighted the need for women’s magazines to be more responsible about their use of thin models and the way in which they encourage girls to perceive themselves as overweight.

Today, we highlight growing concern within the medical profession about the effect conditions such as anorexia and bulimia are having on female health, as well as strict low-fat diets.

It is an issue that deeply worries the Duchess, 64, who has a daughter, Laura, and two grand-daughters. ‘The link between young girls, eating disorders and osteoporosis is a ticking time-bomb,’ Camilla told a sufferer at a meeting at Clarence House.

She added: ‘A whole generation of young women could be affected. What particularly concerns me is the rise of osteoporosis in young people and its link with eating disorders.

‘You have all these glossy magazines which are read by young girls, who then go on a diet and try to be thin to emulate the models they see.

‘They [the magazines] bear a lot of responsibility in what they write [because] the girls read them and go on these crash diets, sometimes developing eating disorders. The trouble is that at that age you think you are immortal. You don’t think anything will happen to you. But what they don’t realise is that while they may recover and start eating again, the damage may well already be done.

‘They feel like, “Nothing hurts, I’m not in pain – so what’s the problem?” They don’t realise that in 20 years’ time they could end up in a wheelchair because of what they have done to themselves.’

Camilla added: ‘You don’t have to starve yourself and risk damaging your health irrevocably. We need to make young girls aware of this. We need to drive it home.

In yesterday’s Mail the Duchess recalled how she was forced to watch her ‘Mama’ unable to eat or breathe properly because she was bent double due to her crumbling bones, eventually dying in agony at the age of 72.

It's encouraging to have this public figure identifying the direct link between osteoporosis and eating disorders, and even more encouraging that she critiques the primary source for anorexia-inducing imagery: the fashion magazines, which brainwash women into starving themselves, and thus compromising their health, ultimately leading to disability and death.

The point that the duchess makes, that in their teen years girls don't recognize the damaging effects as keenly as they do just a few years later, are true. However, starvation actually induces a diseased appearance even in youth, causing young women to look cadaverous, with grotesquely jutting bones and cadaverously sunken facial features. The fact that they look like death warmed over is no joke, because this skeletal appearance directly prefigures the sickness and early death that awaits them - all due to a condition that they brought upon themselves, that they could have avoided just by eating what their bodies signal them to eat, via appetite.

The article shares the tragic story of another woman who is already facing osteoporosis at a young age, all due to her wanting to look as thin as a corpse:

I'm 31, but crash dieting has left me with the bones of a woman twice my age.

In fact just three years ago my specialist told me that unless I stopped starving myself, I would be confined to a wheelchair in 20 years’ time due to my chronic osteoporosis.

Like the Duchess, I firmly believe that young girls need to be educated about the very real effect their lifestyle today can have on their health in the future.

Another article at the Mail shares the stories of other young women who have crippled themselves and induced osteoporosis through food deprivation:

Their fates:

My GP sent me for a DXA bone scan — to measure my bone density.

The results showed that I had developed osteopenia, the precursor condition to osteoporosis.

I was shocked that just three years of dieting could have done so much damage to my bone health.

I was only 23 at the time — I’d never thought about the long-term implications to my well-being, only the weight loss.
By the end of 2006 I was 20 and, having dieted for just over two years, my weight had fallen to 5st 7lb and my periods had stopped. I was unrecognisable - I thought I looked good, but actually I looked desperately ill.

By that stage I’d dropped out of my course, had come back to live at home with Mum and Dad and was seeing an eating disorders nurse.

In August 2006, she suggested I go for a DXA scan to measure my bone density, saying that my poor diet and the fact I wasn’t having periods could put me at risk of osteoporosis — a disease I associated with old ladies.

My scan showed my hip joint was equivalent to that of an 82-year-old.
The results showed that, at just 21, I had developed osteopenia in my lower spine. The doctors said cutting out dairy was the main reason, but also because I wasn’t getting enough energy my body was not able to build new bone. I had the weaker bone density of a much older woman.

My GP prescribed calcium and vitamin D tablets and I was put on Hormone Replacement Therapy to try to kickstart my periods. Unfortunately, this didn’t work — I may have permanently damaged my fertility.

Looking back, I wish I hadn’t become so obsessed with dieting and that I hadn’t been suckered by all those celebrity diet trends and slimming advice in magazines.

Imagine: all of these grim, life-threatening consequences, just because these women wanted to look emaciated.

Was it worth it? For what? Wouldn't they have rather looked like a gorgeous plus-size model, like Katherine Roll or Kelsey Olson or Sophie Sheppard, and been far more beautiful and healthy to boot?

Let no one even try to spread "weight epidemic" propaganda or attempt to use the issue of "health" to suppress plus-size beauty. A fuller figure is a healthier figure, just as a fuller figure is a more beautiful figure - period.

And if the fashion industry were compelled to begin featuring plus-size models instead of suppressing them in favour of anorexic cadavers, then the public would recognize this truth, and countless lives would be spared.
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Old 1st November 2011   #2
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Default Re: Food depivation causes osteoporosis (article)

Bravo to the Duchess of Cornwall for speaking out for sanity and health. Girls and women in their teens and early twenties need to nourish their bodies rather than starve them. Growing bodies need all the vitamins and minerals they can get, and calcium is especially important. It's not only essential for healthy bones and teeth, but also for proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Low calcium causes muscle spasms, difficulty in thinking, and depression, among other symptoms.

The USA's National Osteoporosis Foundation has published guides to bone health for women of all ages.
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