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Insight: The Health Obsession
The Health Obsession
SBS  |  September 5, 2017
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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? This week on Insight, we hear from people whose healthy habits have strayed into the dangerous territory of disordered eating. At what point did they tip over into being unhealthy? And how have they dealt with it?

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? This week on Insight, we hear from people whose healthy habits have strayed into the dangerous territory of disordered eating. At what point did they tip over into being unhealthy? And how have they dealt with it?

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