One in three young women finds eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia as desirable ways to lose weight, states study. Rachel Gold, of La Trobe University, indicated that "negative or stigmatising" attitudes towards eating disorders might be stopping some sufferers from seeking treatment. "Across the age spectrum there are some mistaken beliefs that there are positive aspects to eating disorders - that it's socially acceptable, that what they are doing is admirable or desirable, that they might be strong-willed or that the symptoms are acceptable," the Age quoted her as saying. To confirm the findings of her research, Gold has recently surveyed 470 students aged 15 to 17 from Melbourne According to the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, one in 20 Australian women admits to having suffered from an eating disorder, while 25 per cent know someone who has an eating disorder. Gold said despite public awareness of eating disorders, some people quoted in the studies she reviewed, which were conducted in Australia over the past three decades, characterised sufferers as "overly vain" and "attention-seeking". "Having those kinds of negative or stigmatising attitudes towards people with those disorders means they are less likely to take someone presenting with those symptoms of an eating disorder as seriously, and it means they are less likely to get help, to get appropriate treatment and recover," she noted. Gold said the proliferation of websites and blogs carrying tips on how to live a "semi-rexic" or "part-time bulimic" lifestyle was a big concern. She presented her research at the Australian Psychological Society Conference in Perth late last month.Source: ANI << Mechanism Responsible for the Sensation of Nausea Discovere... Mosquito Genetics may Offer Clues to Malaria Control >> Recommended Reading Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder most commonly found among teenage girls. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a very low body weight, generally defined as 15% below the Body Mass Index. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Quiz on Anorexia / Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa - is it a psychological disorder , or simply an eating disorder gotten out of hand? And how does it differ from Bulimia Nervosa? Participate in our anorexia quiz to find out how well you understand this condition; learn its ... READ MORE Pinterest Helps To Fight Eating Disorders Pinterest, a new popular social network is now helping people suffering from eating disorders by letting them to 'pin' photos of their favorite items. READ MORE Binge Eating Disorder When a person overeats, he is unable to control his hunger pangs, while during an emotional/binge eating session, he is incapable of controlling his emotions. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Diabulimia Diabulimia is an eating disorder particularly in patients with type I diabetes caused by reducing and/or skipping insulin doses. READ MORE Eating Disorders Eating disorders involve extreme attitudes and behaviors towards food and weight. It has the highest suicidal mortality rate than other mental illnesses. READ MORE Female Athlete Triad Female athlete triad is caused by extreme dieting and exercise usually among young women athletes and leads to abnormal menstruation, an unhealthy body and in extreme cases even death. READ MORE Loss of Taste Symptom of loss of taste usually occurs in combination with loss of smell and can be complete loss or partial loss of taste. It can also be temporary or permanent, though the latter is very rare. READ MORE Sleep Eating Disorders Sleep-related eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors that occur during night. Sleep related eating disorder is a part of parasomnias. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Drug - Food Interactions More News on: Binge Eating DisorderAnorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaSleep Eating DisordersLoss of TasteFemale Athlete TriadEating DisordersDiabulimiaChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?