*Hungry for a new life*

Food is such an integral part of Jewish ritual that it would seem impossible for the young Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox to hide the fact that they are starving themselves due to eating disorders (EDs). Potentially fatal anorexia is apparently growing among the observant in Israel and the Diaspora.

Even though these populations are less exposed to the secular media and models, which have been blamed for the surge of EDs in the general public, the pressures of shidduchim (finding a spouse through matchmaking) along with the same psychological factors as the general population- have spurred the phenomenon in the observant communities.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Health/Hungry-for-a-new-life-388794

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