Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is an obsession with food and weight that harms a person’s well-being. Although we all worry about our weight sometimes, people who have an eating disorder go to extremes to keep from gaining weight. There are 2 main eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

What is anorexia?

People who have anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They don’t want to eat, and they are afraid of gaining weight. They may constantly worry about how many calories they take in or how much fat is in their food. They may take diet pills, laxatives or water pills to lose weight. They may exercise too much. People who have anorexia usually think they’re fat even though they’re very thin. They may get so thin that they look like they’re sick.

What is bulimia?

Bulimia is eating a lot of food at once (called bingeing), and then throwing up or using laxatives to remove the food from the body (called purging). After a binge, some bulimics fast (don’t eat) or overexercise to keep from gaining weight. People who have bulimia may also use water pills, laxatives or diet pills to “control” their weight. People who have bulimia often try to hide their bingeing and purging. They may hide food for binges. People who have bulimia are usually close to normal weight, but their weight may go up and down.

What causes eating disorders?

Doctor don’t know exactly. Possible causes include feeling stressed out or upset about something in your life, or feeling like you need to be “in control.” Society also puts a lot of pressure on people to be thin. This pressure can contribute too.

What’s wrong with trying to be thin?

It’s healthy to watch what you eat and to exercise. What isn’t healthy is worrying all the time about your weight and what you eat. People who have eating disorders do harmful things to their bodies because of their obsession about their weight.If it isn’t treated, anorexia can cause the following health problems:

  • Stomach problems
  • Heart problems
  • Irregular periods or no periods
  • Fine hair all over the body, including the face
  • Dry, scaly skin
If it isn’t treated, bulimia can cause the following health problems:
  • Stomach problems
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Dental problems (from throwing up stomach acid)
  • Dehydration (not enough water in the body)

source: http://familydoctor.org

20% of people with eating disorders that do not receive treatment die from the condition.

One Response to Eating Disorders

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