Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Study: Religious women have fewer eating disorders

Apparently, religious Jewish women are much less likely to be suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders than their secular counterparts.

(Israel National News) - As long as a young girl is religious, the likelihood that she will have an eating disorder is lower, asserts Prof. Yael Latzer of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa.

The study findings showed that as long as the level of religiosity is unified and high, the desire to be thin is lower. On the positive side, self-esteem and body image are higher, as is the extent of satisfaction with one's body. The result, the researcher states, is that there is less preoccupation with food and weight.

A total of 320 Jewish religious girls in grades 9-12 (16-18 years old) in Israel participated in the University of Haifa study.

According to Latzer, Western society sees thinness as an important value, representing beauty. It is also an expression of self-control, independence, and high social status.

On the other hand, she continues, religious society expects women at a young age to fulfill some roles of mother and wife. In the religious world, importance is focused on the woman's activities in the house and less so on her external appearance and activities outside the house. Professor Lazar commented that Jewish religious girls tended to emphasize and focus on traditional values, such as simplicity and modesty, more than on beauty and external appearance.

"The important uniqueness of the woman, as is written in Halacha [Jewish law], is her inner qualities and moral principles, and not beauty," the University of Haifa researcher commented. "Instead of controlling their body and their weight, young religious girls focus on a modest life style and observance of the commandments."

Are you feminazis listening? The eating disorders that are becoming an epidemic among "liberated" western women is virtually non-existent in the religious communities. Yes, they actually have higher self-esteem, greater happiness with their role in life, and are treated with more respect for who they are inside rather than how "do-able" they look on the outside.

Got that, NOW?

-MZ

10 comments:

  1. i know that we have a 13 1/2 year old, 5'4", 120 pound, well adjusted beauty living in our home - who, btw is highly moral and loves the Lord with all her heart and is a zionist to boot - this study is right on the money.

    feminazis will NEVER be happy - bitter women all! they need to take their places!

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  2. madze - please don't do a story on that female teacher who had sex with a student 28 times in one week - i cannot take another of these! as in the days of noe so shall it be...

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  3. p.s. - did you catch orangeducks' new article at autonomist? life in iraq.

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  4. Nanc, don't you know by now I only care about super-hot babes like Lafave who have wild sex with teenage boys? The average chicks just don't interest me. Geeez.

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  5. any woman who can "do it" 28 times in a week is not your average chick!

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  6. Actually, the kid who was good for 28 times is the impressive one. She just had to do the receiving end of the deal.

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  7. Definitely some truth to that statement, MZ

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  8. okay - let me reword that - any BODY who would WANT to do it 28 times in a week is not doing their day job!

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  9. Heh..a young guy recently into puberty is easily good for a few romps per day.
    Adolescence is the one period in guys lives when we can nearly match women in.."stamina".

    Youth is indeed wasted on the young lol.

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