Dying to be thin: Anorexia in Japan
News On Japan via biulimiafighting.info -- May 09
'In Japanese there are no words for "I'm suffering" or "I'm sad". I can't share my feelings with anyone. Needing help is seen as failure, something to be ashamed of.'
Hachiko is 25 years old, 5ft 2in and weighs just over five stone. She is one of a growing number of Japanese women suffering with anorexia nervosa.
Rates of anoxeria and bulimia in Japan are increasing more rapidly than anywhere else in the world, with one in 100 Japanese women dealing with an eating disorder.
In fact, women in Japan are consuming fewer calories than they did in the Second World War. A third of the population of Japan has a Body Mass Index of less than 18.5, considered in Japan to be the lowest healthy weight.
But it is not the statistics in the article that really resonate. It is the palpable sense of frustration and abandonment that comes from the article's central focus: Hachiko. Reporter Georgia Hanias meets the young woman in a cafe and is 'aware of people staring at her emaciated legs'.
Despite the side-long glances, this is an issue no one seems willing to face up to.
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