Eating Disorders

Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs Simon & Schuster (audiobook)

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

In the thin of it: understanding adolescents and eating disorders

Our 15-year-old daughter Stacy has almost stopped eating. When she does eat she cuts her food into tiny pieces or just pushes it around her plate. Her weight has dropped dramatically. It started with us encouraging her to go on a diet, as she was feeling insecure after a comment that was made at school about her weight. But now she is obsessed with food and fearful about getting fat.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Too much of a good thing

There comes a point when eating healthy becomes an obsession that's not healthy at all - and I say this from first-hand experience.

It began a few months ago during my second pregnancy, when I was all about eating foods free of gluten, dairy, sugar and soy. They had to be wholefood - organic, vegan and with no artificial additives, preservatives or processing.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fixing celebrity photos is dangerous

Have you ever wondered why models and celebrities always look perfect in fashion magazines? It's because most pictures in the media are digitally enhanced, in a bid to make the subject look as good as possible.

The egos of these so-called celebrities seem to have no limit - they are keen to be altered in the media and so have become just computer-generated characters.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Winning tale of a binge battle

When I was 27, I consumed a large pizza, a medium lasagne and half a cheesecake in one sitting. My monstrous meal lasted 40 minutes, and when I was done, I chugged a bottle of cola and cried.

It was one of the hundreds of food binges that occurred in my life between the ages of 16 and 36.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Helping HK families cope with a hidden illness

When Dr Sing Lee first looked into anorexia in Hong Kong 20 years ago, he found it occurred mostly in women suffering from clinical depression.

Eating disorders remain largely a female problem - 10 women for every man - but the main 'triggers' are now more to do with fat phobia and body image issues, says Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Chinese University.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 From his experience, Dr Sing finds that ...

a. men are more prone to eating disorders than women in Hong Kong.

b. only people who are clinically depressed suffer anorexia.

c. cases of eating disorders among pre-teens and adolescents are on the rise.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Unhealthy phenomenon we can no longer avoid

In the 1990s, Western communities were locked in debate over the propriety of images in the media which seemed to glamorise models who looked unhealthily thin rather than radiantly beautiful. Being thin and having a decadent lifestyle became chic.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

What to look for and how to help

Between 2000 and 2008, the Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association identified 1,170 cases of eating disorders from more than 2,300 inquiries on its hotline. Of those, more than half were cases of bulimia; about 30 per cent were anorexia and almost 10 per cent were cases of eating disorders not otherwise specified. More than half of sufferers were between 16 and 25 years old.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Unbalanced minds

A new intriguing idea about the pernicious influence of the West on the rest of the world is to be found in the work of an author who is not even concerned with such fantasies as neo-liberalism, unfettered capitalism and the instant universal applicability of Western-style democracy. Rather, Ethan Watters writes about the global Americanisation of madness and clinical diagnostic methods.

28 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The sad side of thinness

This week Andrew Lam Kun-hoa, 13

Andrew asks: How can we help someone with anorexia?

Wynnie says: Eating disorders affect both girls and boys. According to the Department of Health, 10 per cent of adolescent females have an eating disorder.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hunger is not attractive

More and more teenagers are including weight loss on their New Year wish list.

While many girls and boys still want 'to be punctual, to concentrate on school work and to stop procrastinating', losing weight is becoming increasingly important to them.

Sarah Yiu, 12, says she looks up to her elder sister, who is a fashion model.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Feeding frenzy

When Sarah Chung was 14, her parents, realising the pressures of the Hong Kong education system, decided to send her to boarding school in Australia.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Eating disorders are becoming more common in Hong Kong, affecting younger teenagers and not just girls, as previously thought.

According to a recent research study by the department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital eating disorders are affecting growing numbers of younger teenagers.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Advertisements, social trends influence teenagers

Sabrina, who stands 1.57 metres tall and weighs 54.5 kilograms, feels her life would be better if she could lose 7kg.

But she has stopped trying to starve herself to get slim after she realised it could undermine her health.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am