Wow. I’m glad I’m comfortable with myself, because people can be assholes.
- she looks like a boy…
And to be honest, it all makes me feel a little dysphoric :/ but would I rather go back to having long blonde hair and wearing tight clothes that made me feel uncomfortable?
Because labels will never bring me down. They’re all a bunch of homophobes anyway -_- I suppose I just wished people didn’t judge. That I could wear clothes from the boy’s department and not get stared down. I sometimes miss when boys would flirt with me, because I liked the attention. It made me feel pretty…
But then I think to myself…I have this gorgeous girl friend that reminds me I’m beautiful and sexy every day. And I don’t need other people’s approval.
Screw appearance dysphoria!! Be yourself. And be happy about it.
GPs missing anorexia in children
Children as young as five are being admitted to hospital with deadly conditions because GPs are failing to believe they could be suffering from eating disorders, a study has found.
Demand for critical care beds for malnourished children has surged over the past 12 months at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead because GPs were reassuring parents their youngsters could not be suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia and sending them home to get sicker, a child psychologist, Sloane Madden, said yesterday.
“We have had a 50 per cent increase in demand for beds, and we haven’t seen that increase in demand in hospitals looking after older adolescents with eating disorders,” Dr Madden said.
“At the moment, we have eight children in the hospital where we normally take six and we’ve got another five waiting for beds.”
In a study published today in the Medical Journal Of Australia, Dr Madden and colleagues from across Australia studied 101 children, aged between five and 13, who had been diagnosed with eating disorders and found that 78 per cent were so severely ill they had been admitted to hospital.
About half required naso-gastric tube feeding and one-third were given psychotropic medications, such as antidepressants, treatments not usually required in the early stages of the illness.
Children were often admitted to hospital with very low blood pressure, bradycardia and hypothermia which “basically is putting them at risk of dying”, Dr Madden said.
The study is the first of its kind to focus on young children nationally and revealed “major limitations in diagnostic criteria, possible missed diagnoses and a need for better education of health professionals”, he said.
Only 37 per cent of inpatients in the study met the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa while half did not meet the weight criteria, which requires the patient be less than 85 per cent of their ideal weight for height, but 61 per cent had potentially life-threatening complications such as malnutrition.
“The most worrying thing in Australia is that children are not being recognised as having eating disorders until they are very ill,” Dr Madden said.
“Parents may be concerned but they are reassured that there is nothing to worry about because there is a lack of recognition among medical professionals that this can occur in people so young.”
The study, which is one of three internationally which has shown the criteria for diagnosing eating disorders in adults should not be applied to young children, also found that a quarter of sufferers were boys, a contrast to the one in 10 men diagnosed with eating disorders.
“That’s because very young boys only know that to lose weight they need to cut their food intake,” Dr Madden said.
“Once these boys get older, they learn about protein diets, specific gym programs and steroids. They still have body dysmorphia but they fall through the cracks because they are no longer suffering malnutrition.”
He said the number of cases among both genders was expected to rise unless there was a change in the media’s obsession with fat and weight.
“I think that there needs to be a move away from this focus on weight and numbers and body fat, and a focus on healthy eating and exercise,” he said.
“You can see that in current programs like The Biggest Loser, where it is all about numbers and weight, it’s not helpful for those people and it’s certainly not helpful for this group of kids.”