Teen Sophie Ray has eaten only pizza for the last eight years. After a stomach ailment at two, the now 19-year old was diagnosed with SED (or selective eating disorder). With the top-ten obese cities list released for 2012, what are the implications for her health?
Yes, like many others, the spunky teen loves pizza. However, her slice of choice is tomato and cheese only. In fact, any other topping makes her gag. According to the Daily Mirror, when Ray was just 2-years-old, she became ill with gastroenteritis.
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If you’ve had the stomach bug, it’s no fun at all. However, the experience was so traumatic that the young child refused many types of food, except cheese and tomato pizza. Doctors later diagnosed her with SED. And for the last eight years, since she was 11, Sophie Ray has eaten largely pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the last few years, a city in Florida has earned a spot on an “obese” list with some magazine or Gallup survey. In 2009, two cities in the Sunshine State, Miami (#1) and Jacksonville (#8) made Men’s Health top-ten list of America’s “fattest cities.” Tampa made the list in 2010.
The irony is South Beach and Tampa are chock full of trails, beaches, and fitness centers to promote a slim down. However, the cities led the way in Florida in terms of the number of housing foreclosures last month, according to The Current.
While Sophie Ray and her pizza-only eating disorder top news in Wales, it brings attention to the growing health crisis in the state of Florida. What’s more, Obamacare is a hot topic as the US Supreme Court tackles the constitutionality of his sweeping healthcare reform.
Ray’s story highlights a brewing epidemic in this state, as many more Floridians tip the scales at weights not considered “healthy” by health care professionals.
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index (or WBI) for Florida, the overall rank of the state in terms of overall health indices is #42 out of 50 states. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Tampa’s neighbor, was #7 on the 2012 “Most Obese Cities” list, according to Live Science.
The WBI polls about a 1,000 people nearly 365 days a year. Questions are asked about overall perceptions of their own physical and emotional well being. Then, participants are asked about their jobs and basic access to resources and health care.
According to the survey results, the state is ranked 44 among 50 states based on how residents perceive their ability to get quality healthcare. Without basic access, an obesity epidemic usually follows, as a patient-doctor partnership is not established. Hopefully, the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Obama’s health care law provides a foundation for balanced legislation.
The story of Sophie Ray and her pizza-only diet concerns health care practitioners like nutritionist Dr. Carina Norris, who believes the teen’s eating disorder is dangerous for her health. She says:
“It is probably high in calories, which is bad for your heart. And apart from the tomatoes, Sophie will be lacking in all the vitamins and minerals that she would be getting from fruit and veg. She needs a more balanced diet to safeguard her future health”
Hopefully, the tomato and cheese pizza-loving teenager gets the proper help she needs to prevent the long-term effects brought on by a likely nutritional deficiency.
Is Sophie Ray’s pizza eating disorder likely to last throughout adulthood, or is it something she will “grow out of?”
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