Know the Signs of Eating Disorders

People have paid so much more attention to mental health over the last twenty years. There have been mass advances in both the diagnosis and treatment of a lot of mental illnesses.

Of course there is still a long way to go. There are many that are still causing damage to people in both physical and mental ways.

The obesity epidemic in America has helped foster a rather large group of mental illnesses. Eating disorders are incredibly common. While there can be many different causes, the most common one is negative self image. People see themselves as overweight when they are not, and do everything they can to avoid eating. This results in malnutrition and serious health problems and concerns.

Thankfully people are becoming more aware of eating disorders and doing what they can to help their friends and families whenever they spot the signs. However people should always be aware of their surroundings. They can often see the signs in themselves and others who may require some aid.

Binge Eating

Binge eating is one of the most common problems that people have. People feel excess cravings and binge on eating huge sums of food in single sittings. Oftentimes if the food had been spread out over the course of a day, it would have been nutritionally sound, but the binge aspect ruins everything.

Binge eating can be caused from a lot of different reasons. Typically it’s because it’s an attempt to fill some other emotional need that hasn't been met. People may allow loneliness, money troubles or any sort of stress to manifest itself in a desire to eat food. These binges can sometimes build and build up until the person gives in and eats. It can come in the form of particular foods that they consider comforting or it can be for just anything.

Binge eating is different from overeating. Typically during a binge, the person knows full well that they should stop eating. They arguably want to stop eating. It’s not a matter of not caring. They simply can’t stop themselves.

Bulimia

Bulimia is often a result of people who suffer from binge eating. Those with bulimia will often overeat, and then after that they will purge it through manually forcing themselves to vomit. There’s a common misconception that bulimia is found only in incredibly skinny people. The truth is bulimia can be there in anyone.There are many obese people who believe that bulimia will allow them to better manage their weight.

The constant purging is actually a way to put extreme stress on a body. Vomiting puts extreme stress on the heart and internal organs. It also damages teeth. Doing this on a daily basis can cause extreme damage to the teeth. The risk to a heart and heart disease is quite high.

Signs of Anorexia

Anorexia is yet another type of eating disorder. With this disease, people have an extreme fear of gaining weight. Their perception of their own appearance is horribly incorrect. They always see themselves as overweight. They don’t eat enough food and they may also misuse laxatives or diet pills. Some also suffer from bulimia in addition to anorexia. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Fainting
  • Hair Falling Out
  • Dehydration

There are also other symptoms, but these are easily observed. Anyone who sees these signs should talk to the person involved and offer help as necessary.

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