Eating disorders are illnesses that are identified by unhealthy eating habits and deep-seated anxiety about body shape or weight. Eating disorders usually include over or under-eating which both have detrimental effects on the person’s mental and physical health. Contrary to popular opinion, both males and females suffer from eating disorders.
Types of Eating Disorders
There are many eating disorders, but the three most common types of eating disorders are:
A person that’s suffering from Bulimia Nervosa frequently overeats, then “compensates” for binge eating by performing activities like over-exercising, forced vomiting, or using laxatives. People that suffer from bulimia are usually dissatisfied with their body shape and size and fear gaining weight.
The vicious cycle of overeating and purging themselves is done secretly and they end up feeling guilty, out of control and ashamed after they finish each cycle. Bulimia can have adverse effects on the body like chronic dehydration, cardiovascular issues caused by an electrolyte imbalance, and gastrointestinal disorders.
People suffering from anorexia have an excessive fear of gaining weight, view themselves as much fatter than they are, and refuse to have healthy body weight. They tend to eat as little as they possibly can, believing they’re too fat even when they are severely underweight. Anorexia can have other adverse effects on the body such as bone loss, infertility, organ failure, brain damage, and heart issues.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
People that suffer from binge-eating disorder find it difficult to control how much food they eat. Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, people suffering from BED don’t follow it up with a form of compensation —excessive exercise, fasting, or purging. Because of this, individuals who suffer from BED tend to be obese and more susceptible to cardiovascular disorders. A binge eating cycle leads to shame and guilt, which leads to another round of binge eating.
Causes of Eating Disorders
Many professionals believe that EDs stem from biological, environmental, and/or mental factors. Some of these are:
- Irregular hormone secretion and function
- Careers that emphasize being thin, such as modeling, gymnastics, and ballet
- Childhood/family trauma
- Dysfunctional family
- Life changes and stress
- Low self-esteem
Signs You May Be Suffering From an Eating Disorder
If someone is suffering from an eating disorder, it usually goes unnoticed at first. Of course, some signs help you know whether you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder. Here are some symptoms that people with eating disorders exhibit:
Dieting Even Though They’re Severely Underweight
If you or your loved one is always trying new diets and weight-loss fads even though you’re already severely underweight, you may be suffering from an eating disorder. The eating disorder makes you feel like you’re overweight even though in reality, you’re already wasted —or emaciated.
Being Obsessed With Fat Contents and Calories that Food Contains
If an individual is obsessed with counting calories and consuming the lowest amount of calories they can get away with, they’re probably suffering from an eating disorder.
Switching Between Under-eating and Over-eating
If someone goes through periods of over-eating and then under-eating, they’re probably suffering from an eating disorder. The ED makes them binge eat, then punish themselves by fasting or eating very little.
Having a Specific Eating Routine
If you tend to have a particular eating ritual such as eating alone, eating slowly, cutting food into tiny pieces or, arranging food in shapes you might be suffering from an eating disorder. It can cause you to follow an eating routine that’s hard to break.
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