What are the dangers of being size zero?

Over the past year, there have been numerous programmes about the ‘size zero trend’. This has been around for decades nowadays and there are rehab centres that can help with the problem, but many still have to be force-fed.

There have also been many celebrities who have succumbed to the size zero trend but have taken action by going into rehab to seek help and counselling. It’s not surprising that the number of young teenagers today want to be excruciatingly skinny as in most magazines, TV adverts and even films most of the women look perfect.  

Many people who are suffering with this problem are setting up their own websites and blogs to offer advice and support for people wanting to starve themselves. These are called ‘pro ana’ sites; many people affected by anorexia in the past but have since recovered are trying to get these websites shut down but so far they haven’t been very successful. 

What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?

People with anorexia lose an extreme amount of weight in a short time due to very strict dieting and excessive exercise. Bulimia is when you want food, binge eat and them make yourself sick or use laxatives. Bulimia sufferers are scared of becoming fat even though they are not.

People do not realise the dangers of trying to be size zero. The body needs a balanced diet for it to function properly and healthily and this also includes fat. Just because we cut out all fats from food doesn’t mean we won’t put on weight – other factors like eating excessive amounts of fruits have also said to make you put on weight.

If you want healthy teeth, nails and bones, milk is essential but many people believe it makes you put on weight. One glass a day is enough for you to ensure you don’t develop osteoporosis later in life or get loose teeth and semi-skimmed milk is just as good.

Not eating the right foods will also make your hair fall out leaving bald patches. If treatment is sought early then the chances of hair returning back is hopeful. Starving can also lead to changes in hormones – a lot of women who don’t eat properly will stop having periods altogether which will lead to infertility. If you don’t eat properly you’ll also find that you get tired easily and no matter how much you sleep, you will always feel drained.

Overall size zero is not the look to go for, women come in all shapes and sizes, you just need to find the right weight for you to be happy.

Numerous men have been asked time and time again and the answer is still the same, men don’t like the pencil thin look, curves are what makes a women, so flaunt it, don’t daunt it.

3 Responses

  1. magpie January 20, 2009 / 4:24 am

    What are the dangers of becoming a size zero? please info me 🙂

  2. Peach February 10, 2009 / 8:52 am

    If your underweight you may have irregular periods if they stop completely you will be left infertile. Your nails will become weak and break easily, your bones will also be affected, you can end up with osteoporosis.
    Your hair will fall out or get thinner, you may develop bad skin and develop acne, you will look about 15 years older than your actual age!

  3. Steph February 28, 2010 / 11:02 am

    I’m 14 years old and am a size 8. But every now and then, approx. every 3-4 months, I start to think I’m fat. people say I’m not but at times I think I am. I would sometimes try too eat as little as possible so its not too obovious to my mum that I’m trying to lose weight. I once kept to my diet for 2 weeks and lost a stone in weight. Have I got an eating dissorder? and if so what?

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