illness is on the rise, with an increase in compulsive slimming and bulimia particularly
noticeable in recent years, A German psychologist has said.
"The causes are frequently harmful images or
ideals that are often the expression of social pressure, "psychologist, Thomas Trommer
said, "For example, advertising tells people that they have to be perpetually active,
slim and achieving," Trommer, who has been involved with psychotherapy for 20 years,
The increase of dieting, fitness courses and tanning studios seems to coincide with a rise
in eating disorders. "People often feel that in their everyday lives, they cannot
acknowledge feeling of failure, weakness or loss, because they would then not be coming up
to expectations. These attitudes are acquired in early childhood and are thus difficult to
Stress reactions occur when people have to deal with a situation which requires more than
their normal capacity at a particular point. The psychologist divides symptoms of stress
into two categories: muscular tension is often responsible for headaches and back pains.
At the psychological level this leads to a reduction in the capacity for thinking and
Stress can also have an effect on hormonal reactions, leading to heart and circulatory
problems, stomach problems, immune system disorders or sexual problems. Trommer emphasized
that stress cannot be avoided, adding that striking a healthy balance between work and
play is important.
"Taking note of stress symptoms in good time and self-critical examination of
established life patterns can prevent stress from turning into illness."
(As reported in The Hindu Business Lines)