Once thought to be a disease affecting only white females, eating disorders are breaking racial barriers, a new study finds. Research by Catherine Shisslak, a professor at University of Arizona College of Medicine, shows eating disorders are on the rise among Hispanic women. "A growing body of research indicates that minority females exhibit many of the same abnormal eating behaviors as white females," Shisslak reported.
Many experts blame the growing prevalence of eating disorders among Hispanic women on the media's continued obsession with ultra-thiness. The average child in the US watches over 21 hours of TV each week, not counting exposure to other forms of media, according to Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED). Even as Latin culture gains wider representation in mainstream media, the preference among many Hispanic societies for a larger body type (viewed as a sign of health and wealth) is quickly being replaced by slender stars like Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz..
According to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, studies show that Hispanic girls are also at a higher risk than white girls for depression, and their loss of self-esteem as they enter adolescence is more acute than many of their other-ethnic peers. Hispanic girls, like African-Americans, may also have a harder time fitting the American body ideal because on average they have higher body mass indexes (girls ages 5-17) than white and Asian girls. Latina girls are particularly susceptible to two types of eating disorders: dieting and purging. Awareness is the first step, say some experts, because many Hispanics still do not recognize the disease as one faced by their community.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .