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Coping With Eating Disorder

14 days ago

Eating disorder is associated with severe mental illness such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders. It is a condition of disturbed eating behaviour, where in the person is extremely conscious about weight, body image and shape of the body.

Eating disorders are known as anorexia and bulimia. This illness is not only related to food or conscious about one’s body. There is no one reason to develop this disorder, there are many factors which lead to this illness like genetic, psychological, cultural, extremely worried about maintaining body image. This illness is related to extreme emotions which are not pleasant, full of stress, anxiety.

People with this illness choose food and behaviour to let those emotions out –like they start starving, or binge on food, resort to extreme dieting. All these lead to either being overweight or underweight. But it is always not possible to recognize people with this illness.

Factors that lead to eating disorder

There are many factors that cause eating disorder-

  • Concern about maintaining body image
  • low confidence, low self- esteem
  • hormonal disorders
  • Pressure from family, peers to maintain bodyweight.
  • traumas
  • depression, anxiety
  • constant feeling of guilt, embarrassment about their eating habits

Common types of eating disorder-

  • Bulimia nervosa- in this condition the person forcefully eats food, but due to behavioural issues like guilt of eating too much food, makes them to vomit forcefully, exercise severely to lose weight or use medication like diuretics. They do all this, because they are extremely worried about weight gain, not happy with their shape and size.
  • Binge eating disorder- In this condition the person eats excessively, resulting in weight gain. Here the person does not resort to excess exercise, vomit or diet. Due to weight gain, the person is at risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
  • Anorexia nervosa- In this condition the person resorts to dieting, in spite of being underweight. This illness is related to genetics, environment, and emotional conditions of the person.

Symptoms of eating disorder

  • Frequently checking of weight, shape and size of the body.
  • abnormal eating habits
  • Feeling guilty of overeating and trying to vomit forcefully.
  • Excessive exercising
  • Taking dietary supplement to maintain body weight
  • Being alone while eating , avoiding get-togethers with family and friends
  • Feeling depressed, sad for unknown reasons

Treating eating disorder

Eating disorders are destructive if left untreated. Professional help from your doctor, psychologist, doing blood test online and nutritionist is very important to treat this illness.

Here are some of the steps you can follow to treat eating disorder:

  • Talk about your problem with your family.
  • Take help from eating disorder clinics
  • See a therapist
  • See a dietician to help you develop healthy eating habits
  • Along with professional help you also work on your problem, learn to listen to yourself, motivate yourself, set goals do some creative work, do research about diet,exercise,coping skills and try to follow the experts’ advice.
  • Surround yourself with people having healthy habits, positive approach towards life, it makes a lot of difference when you are with such people.
  • Once you feel that you are getting out of this illness, do not stop the treatment or medication. Let your therapist decide if you have recovered from eating disorder.