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Posted By Clifton Fuller on 04/17/2020

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Some people experience emotional struggles & attempt to change their life by becoming overly disciplined or punishing with their eating. 

This may develop into an Eating Disorder. 

Tell me about the eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa 
♦ Refuse to maintain normal weight for age &height, eventually leading to a weight medically considered 15%, or more, below that which is expected.
♦ Experience intense fear of weight gain or becoming fat, even though underweight.
♦ Distorted, overly critical view of their body weight or shape or deny the seriousness of their low body weight.
♦ For Women: the absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles. People struggling with Anorexia may restrict eating or regularly binge-eat and purge (self-induced vomiting, laxative misuse, diuretics, enemas, other medications, fasting or excessive exercise). 

Tell me about the eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa
♦ Frequently binge eats & feels lack of eating control during the binge episode.
♦ Recurrently tries to not gain weight from the bingeing by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise.
♦ Bingeing & purging behavior occurs, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months.
♦ Overly critical of body shape and weight. Binge-Eating Disorder:
♦ When a person frequently has binge eating episodes but does not engage in purging or compensatory behavior to try to prevent weight gain.

Numerous medical complications may occur as the result of an eating disorder. Some of these are depression, heart problems, kidney damage, teeth/gum erosion, ulcers, memory/concentration problems, sleep disturbances, and deteriorating hair, skin and nail quality. Although those with eating disorders are typically trying to become thin, they inadvertently trigger a slowdown of their metabolism, actually making it more difficult to lose weight. 

It is imperative to seek immediate mental health counseling. It is also vital to receive medical care, dental care, and treatment for any possible side effects of the eating disorder. Working with a dietician is very helpful to learn more about metabolism and developing new healthy eating habits. 

Common Triggers:
♦ Poor interpersonal skills development
♦ Difficulty regulating emotions
♦ Difficulty tolerating distress
♦ Uncertainty about personal feelings and thoughts
♦ Self-hatred thoughts repeatedly make an individual feel they are not good enough
♦ Overly determined or driven approach
♦ Willingness to overlook basic needs 

Did you know?
♦ Eating disorders most often start between the ages of 14-19. Onset after age 21 is rare.
♦ 8 to 12 binges per week are average for those with bulimia nervosa or binge eaters.
♦ 20% diagnosed with bulimia are obese.
♦ Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. 

Seek help as soon as possible if you, or someone you know or love, is showing symptoms related to an eating disorder.  Help to address eating disorder issues can save a life...and help prevent future issues related to esteem and positive mental health.

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