Thursday, March 7, 2013


LEADS TO ‘DRUNKOREXIA’ IN STUDENTS  Drunkorexia, an eating disorder paired with alcohol use, has been affecting college students for years, and has recently stirred up more concerns.  
The term is used to define the practice of starving oneself during the day in order to drink during nighttime activities. The philosophy is that the person saves calories by not eating and makes up for them in drinking. This concept has been around for many years, but was once known as liquid lunches, as stated by HealthStatus. “The consequence of drinking on an empty stomach means frequent alcohol poisoning, drunkenness, drunken behavior including drinking and driving and unprotected sex.” 
As a young woman in college, the pressures of having to look a certain way is quite prominent. The idea that men want a thinner, fitter woman has made me feel like I have to adhere to the image of Jennifer Lopez or Eva Longoria.

After realizing that I am an individual and am unique in my own way, I was able to accept that I will never be the “Next Top Model.” As Alicia Kozak, former president of group Women Involved in Self- Empowerment, indicates “Self Confidence is key in know yourself worth. You have to love and respect yourself in order to receive love and respect from others.” Even with the support from fellow friends and family that pressure is still there to look a certain way and some of us still cave into it. I am guilty of it myself. Let’s admit it, ladies. Although the pressures are there to be skinny and to look a certain way, we should never put ourselves in a position where the diet, if used drastically, could potentially harm our wellbeing. 
Because Carnival Season is here, and the pressure to drink is higher than usual, I ask that you take care of yourself and know what you should and should not be doing. I’m not saying to not have fun and relax, just do it safely.

“Drunkorexia” is a new term for an eating disorder in which people save up their calories throughout the day to spend on alcohol later. Another term that is used with Drunkorexia is binge drinking. A study of 1,000 students at the University of Missouri showed that one in five students participate in this growing trend. They found this disorder mostly in female undergraduates. Binge drinking and eating disorders are commonly concurrent disorders within college students. They often restrict their calories to create weight loss without realizing that drinking on an empty stomach allows alcohol to be absorbed quicker and this causes an excessive detrimental work to the liver. It is an easy way to get alcohol poisoning with all the bad consequences it carries.

The concept of beauty in the world clearly refers to the physical and it is consistent with an aesthetic which is product of a mind that tends only to the enjoyment. From this, many opinions qualifying people begin to be formulated, as if everyone is in a constant gateway, where a woman is rejected when her body measurements are excessive or insufficient. ... What do we know about beauty? When beauty is separated from the Divine Being, the source and Creator, is temporary. Herein lays the problem. ... We discover a deep beauty in people when we see with the eyes of the heart. By contrast, if the eyes of lust are the means to value someone, then the opinion will depend on the mere satisfaction of the senses. How small is this concept of beauty, and how cruel!

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
“The True Beauty” - “Vedic Wisdom Collection”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


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