In 1984, a new and lower food standard was adopted. Romanians were entitled to 39 kilograms of meat, 78 litres of milk and 166 kilograms of vegetables annually. Oil and sugar were given once a month, the ration being one kilogram. They were entitled to half a loaf of bread per day and the chicken of a size of a pigeon was a dream most of the time.
The lack of education and access to proper nutrition further perpetuated these problems. The communist regime's control over information also hindered the dissemination of accurate knowledge regarding nutrition and health.
Post-communist countries faced challenges in adapting their healthcare systems to new political and economic realities. Limited funding and inadequate infrastructure have hindered the development and implementation of comprehensive mental health services, including eating disorder treatment programs.
Mental health issues, including eating disorders, have historically been stigmatised in post-communist countries. This stigma arises from a lack of awareness, cultural taboos and an underestimation of the severity of these disorders. Consequently, it was near impossible to get help for eating disorders as these were mostly perceived as caprice or a sign of weakness or personal failure.
The communist era led to a lack of nutritional education, as concepts related to health and nutrition were often overshadowed by the struggle for access to basic food. Although initially intending to reduce inequalities, the emphasis on resource management resulted in widespread malnutrition and health-related issues. Consequently, the population's understanding of the relationship between food and health was limited and often focused on immediate survival rather than long-term well-being.