This blog article discusses a study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior that shows how low-body weight, body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio are indicators for female eating disorders. The piece also discusses some of the warning signs women should be aware of before letting their self doubt grow too severe.
A Brief History of the Apple Shape
The Apple Shape is the shape that women have when they are eating too little. It is usually identified by those who are thinner or have a body mass index of less than 18.5. This can be associated with eating disorder behaviors and has been noted to cause weight loss, hair loss, tooth erosion, and osteoporosis.
Significance of the Apple Shape
The Apple Shape has been associated with women who are underweight, trying to lose weight, or struggling with an eating disorder. The term originated in the 1800s when women began wearing tight dresses that made them look like apples. Over time, this shape became a stigma for women who struggled with eating disorders and were low on weight.
How Women Feel about their Body
A lot of women are in the constant struggle to love their body. They become obsessed with how they look and believe that a perfect weight is what will make them feel confident. One woman said, “I always felt I was just on the cusp of being thin enough and I would lose a few pounds and it would be perfect.” This woman has an eating disorder which can lead to more risky behaviors such as crash dieting, purging, or starving oneself. There are also many women out there who have an unhealthy relationship with food that leads to negative consequences.
Signs of an Eating Disorder
Many women are subject to an eating disorder of some kind. The most common is bulimia nervosa where individuals eat large amounts of food and then purge, which leads to very low levels of nutrition. Other types of eating disorders include anorexia and binge-eating disorder. It is clear that these illnesses cause a great deal of physical and emotional damage, but they are often difficult to detect because the body functions normally on a day-to-day basis.
Effects of the Eating Disorders
The apple shape women’s eating disorder is an eating disorder where the woman has a small body frame and long arms. This can be classified as anorexia but it isn’t always seen as such. The symptoms of this disorder include lack of self-esteem, lack of control, and obsessive thoughts about weight and exercise.
What is the Solution for
Another common cause of “Apple Shaped” women is the Apple Shape Women’s Eating Disorder. This disorder is characterized by an intense desire to lose weight, an obsession with body shape, and the inability to recognize hunger or fullness. While most women of all shapes can suffer from this disorder, it tends to affect those with a slender figure who are usually between 5’3″ – 5’11”.
The main takeaway from this blog is that society needs to be more conscious about the pressure and social norms put on women who are overweight or obese. If these people were not held accountable for their weight, they could also be subjected to a lot of other social stigmas such as being discriminated against in the job market.