The world is a global village, with every facet of our society feeding off those outside for better or worse which is made more prevalent with advances in technology, bringing James Cameron’s prophecy of Skynet to live. For non movie buffs, that was a Terminator reference and I apologize if that went over your head but still with our established Skynet scenario, one of the many bots sent into our Nigerian society being not in the forefront of advancements in the field of medicine, technology, health is eating disorders like Anorexia among others. 

We’ve all heard the story, it’s a tale as old as time, boy meets girl, boy falls in love, sorry wrong story. Here’s the right one, media houses put out content with airbrushed picture perfect size zero models because of its commercial success reinforcing the the definition of beauty and self worth as having a size zero body, which girls strive to have and beyond that, men find attractive so I guess it really is a tale as old as time. 

Adolescent girls and early onset adults usually females are more susceptible to developing Anorexia as they’ll often feel the need to live up to expectations fed by the media and society. Socio-cultural factors have been reported to be associated with the development of anorexia nervosa. The western cultural ideal of thinness is now being adopted by non-western girls and guys for the purpose of feminine beauty and in a bid to attain said beauty, go overboard compromising their health.

It is assumed that these disorders are more common in the west and there may be some truth to that, but with the world being the global village it is today, where cultures sip into each other, where a vast array of information and media is at our fingertips like never before, one might say it would be disrespectful, arrogant, irresponsible and myopic to write off the possibility of people with these disorders down here at home. This was evidenced in a case study in The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna, Nigeria in 2009 about a nineteen year old secondary school leaver with a 2 year history of refusing food, claiming that she was too fat and there was progressive weight loss present.

Anorexia like most mental illnesses like depression is treatable with a regimen of psychological and medical help. Keeping a watchful eye on loved ones suspected of having Anorexia cannot be overemphasized as they themselves might be ignorant to the fact or be in denial, either way it most time takes an outside intervention before they get the necessary help needed.

This article was written by Victor Lawson Williams; connect with him on Instagram via here  

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