An eating disorder is defined as an abnormal eating habit that can seriously affect emotional and physical health.
Eating disorders can lead to serious implications on both mental and physical health so it is important to treat them as soon as possible.
In fact, eating disorders are the biggest cause of mental health-related death. That’s right, the biggest cause of death.
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There are four types of eating disorders:
This is where you deliberately eat extremely little food to either lose weight rapidly or to maintain a dangerously low weight.
2. Bullimia Nervosa
It is also known simply as bullimia. Sufferers of bullimia often binge eat and then try and get rid of the food through induced vomiting or by taking laxatives or through other dramatic measures.
3. Binge eating
It is commonly known as an extreme form of comfort eating. Binge eaters usually eat large amounts of food in a short space of time or continue eating even when they’re full. This form of eating may cause a sense of guilt thereby making them to eat in seclusion.
4. All other types of eating disorders or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
There are so many other variations of eating disorders with unfortunately new ones being identified all the time. Some of these are: night-time binging, extreme exercises and restrictive diets with the intention of dramatic weight loss such as the use of diet pills or complete reliance on raw food diets etc.
Tips on dealing with eating disorders:
Try and think what has triggered you to eat abnormally. Some of the reasons for why eating disorders develop are:
• Suffering the loss of a loved one
• Feel you’ve failed in a test or exam
• Pressure and stress
• Not happy with your body
• Aspiring to achieve the “perfect” body
• Being bullied or abused
The truth is that most of the images of models and celebrities in the media are heavily photoshopped and have undergone make up by professionals. Most models and celebrities look very different in real life. Further, the use of filters and other photo editing features on our smartphones in our effort to create the perfect selfie has piled on even more pressure to look “good”
Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. You need to love yourself first. And fall in love with your body. Be confident. The truth is that most people don’t even have the time to scrutinise you because they are probably too busy scrutinising themselves. So stop hating yourself and instead feel good about who you are.
If you feel drawn to eating excessively then try keeping busy. Find a hobby, do something you enjoy, exercise; anything to keep you away from binging!
Talk to someone
Talking openly to someone you feel comfortable with really helps. You’d be surprised how good people are at listening. Expressing your emotions is a powerful way of tackling deep rooted issues.
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