21 Aug Dealing with Eating Disorders
What is Eating Disorder?
Eating disorder is an illness characterized by irregular eating habit and excessive concern about body weight and shape. Eating disturbance could include inadequate or excessive food intake which could damage an individual’s well being.
Type of Eating Disorder
The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
A person suffering from anorexia nervosa will typically have an obsessive fear of gaining weight, refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an unrealistic perception of body image. People with anorexia nervosa will fiercely limit the quantity of food they consume and view themselves as overweight, even when they are clearly underweight.
Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa can have damaging health effects, such as
- Hair Loss
- Drop In Blood Pressure And Pulse Rate
- Brain Damage
- Multi-Organ Failure
- Weaker Bone
- Heart Difficulties
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by repeated binge eating followed by forced vomiting, or excessive use of laxatives and diuretics. Bulimia can have a severe negative impact on health such as
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Severe Dehydration
- Electrolyte Imbalance Resulting In Heart Difficulties.
Binge Eating Disorder
Individuals who struggle with this disorder may also experience intense feelings of guilt, distress, and embarrassment related to the binge eating which could influence the further progression of an eating disorder.
The exact cause of these disorders is unknown, however, it is believed that a combination of biological, psychological and/or environmental abnormalities contribute to this disorder. Individuals who suffer from this disorder have poor self-esteem and a negative body image.Top of Form
How to deal with Eating Disorder?
Reaching out for support: Opening up about the problem is an important step for recovery. However, it is important to choose someone who has an expertise in this area.
Develop a balanced relationship with food: Strict diets, rigid rules of eating must be a big NO. Planning your eating schedules is essential so that when you are hungry you are eating the right food and not binging on unhealthy food.
Learn to accept, appreciate and love yourself: Focus on your positive qualities rather than overthinking about your negative self-talk. Explore your interests and hobbies as they will help reduce your stress.