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Jakarta Post

Eating disorder awareness still low among Indonesians

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 27 2013   /  01:11 pm

Stuffed: A woman feeds her daughter at an eating event in South Jakarta on July 18, 2010. With the accessibility of fast food in the country, some are trying to return to healthier habits. Ika Prihatsanti, 37, has experienced weight problems since she was in elementary school. Her love of food has contributed to her fluctuating weight.

And when she was stressed out or upset, she had a sweet tooth.

“When I got upset, I craved cheesecake, or brownies. But then I would feel guilty for eating all those sweets because I would gain weight,” she said.

“So I purged the food by vomiting or taking laxatives.”

The thought of a fast and easy way to lose weight — purging food after she ate or working out excessively — intrigued her.

“I didn’t realize that I was bulimic. But then I felt something was just not right with me. So I looked for help,”...