An eating disorder isn’t just lack of eating or overeating, it’s a way of life for many severely affected individuals. Many times nutrition disorders stem from deep psychological problems that developed when they grew up. It also may be genetic. Other times it’s simply an addiction to behavior around food. Check here if you or someone in your family is affected.
Different Types and Variations
There are three different kinds of eating disorders, and several variations. The first type is Anorexia nervosa.
This disorder involves a distorted view of the body. The anorexic sees themselves as fat regardless of their true weight. What starts as a simple diet to lose a few pounds, changes into a life style where food and the intake of food, or lack of it, is central to their life. Anorexics develop a preoccupation with not just the food that they seldom consume but also exercise. The anorexic chooses not to eat and finds a sense of control.
Suddenly the original diet is no longer part of the process as they become more involved with not eating than why they chose not to eat in the first place.
Bulimia is another form that involves both binge eating and inappropriate methods of weight control. Frequently the person with bulimia purges their body of the food immediately following a meal.
The method of purging may vary but the best known is vomiting. The bulimic may use diuretics, laxatives, enemas, fasting and compulsive exercise as other methods to keep their weight under control. There are also excessive concerns about weight for the bulimic individual.
Binging is the third type and frequently accompanies bulimia. Binge eaters consume food more quickly during an episode of binge eating. They eat past the point of satiation and even eat though they are not hungry.
Binge eaters often sneak food and eat where no one can see them because they are embarrassed. They feel guilt and shame from the consumption of the food. Bulimics may purge after a session of binge eating.
In today’s society, where the outside of a person seems more important than the inner character, eating disorders grow.
Teenage girls have rail thin models as examples of what a perfect body is and they start to follow it with just the loss of a few pounds but it gets out of hand.
It is not just a physical danger but a psychological one also. The organs of the anorexic are often destroyed as the body seeks to find nutrition and reverts to breaking down it’s own muscle reserve for that nutrition.
The bulimic finds that the constant purging destroys not only the esophagus with constant acid from the stomach but affects the enamel of the teeth and many other areas of the body.
If the binge eater isn’t under control then great weight gain and the associated diseases that come from it thrust upon the body great incapacity or death as a result.
Each form is dangerous and can cause the loss of life.
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