Eating disorders are among the deadliest psychological disorders that can affect anyone. They slowly ruin the body; however, to be able to for these to be treated successfully, they have to be understood as disorders of the mind.
The major causes of having an eating disorder is still unclear however, according to research, biological, psychological and sociocultural factors play a big part.
Here are 3 of the most common eating disorders:
Anorexia Nervosa, in which the person may be obsessing with continued weight loss when he/she is already underweight. People suffering from this have a distorted body image.
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person may appear to have a normal body, when in fact they binge eat and purge - by vomiting, using laxatives or excessive exercising to compensate for overeating. And these people have higher risks for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Binge Eating, however, is excessive eating without control but without purging or fasting.
Eating disorders are not only about eating a lot or nothing at all, it is a more complicated condition that should be recognized and treated. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of the symptoms and warning signs.
The following are common symptoms of an eating disorder according to nationaleatingdisorder.org:
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
- Obsessing over shape and weight
- Hoarding or hiding food
- Eating in secret
- Unhealthy exercise habits
- Disappearing after eating often to the bathroom
- Dangerous dieting
- Mood swings, irritability, depression
If your loved one or even yourself is diagnosed with 5 or more of these symptoms, consult an expert and prevent the worst situation that may occur.
Having an eating disorder is nothing to be ashamed about. We should just refrain from giving critical feedback about weight and body. Getting educated about eating disorders and its treatments can go a long way; you can pass on the message to your loved ones who you believe may be suffering from one.
Also, for a fast recovery and safe treatment, refer them to a professional. Recovery from these disorders is possible. With the help of medical and psychological assistance, people with eating disorders can be cured.