Temat: The Health Obsession

Every day, we encounter different messages and strategies about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Public health messages aiming to address the obesity epidemic have increased our health awareness, while bloggers and social media personalities share their advice on what they think is best for our bodies.

Almost two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese. But disordered eating, according to some experts, is on the rise and in need of more attention.

What happens when the drive to be healthy becomes unhealthy?

Rachel Baffsky started out with a goal to complete the City to Surf fun run in Sydney. Her fitness progress after the run drove her to continue training, and seemingly positive changes in her diet and exercise regime quickly spiralled into something more serious. 

Rachel’s health started to deteriorate and within six months, she was hospitalised and diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.

“I was ignoring people being concerned about me because I thought I was just being disciplined and structured, but I realise now how dysfunctional that was.”

Adrianne noticed her young son was walking more on their WA farm, and starting to go for long runs.

“He wanted to win at the school cross country so he would just run all over the farm. He'd be gone for hours, running.