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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 21st -27th

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 10:46:32 AM by healtheo360

Did you know that up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffered from at least one eating disorder in the United States?

Eating disorders

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical medical conditions. Eating disorders can have potential life threating consequences for males and females in their health, productivity, and relationships.

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa – believes that he/she is fat despite excessive thinness
Bulimia Nervosa – individual regularly binge-eat and then attempts to prevent gaining weight
Binge Eating Disorder - individual regularly eating excessive amounts of food but is promoting weight loss
Night Eating Syndrome – the individual eats during the night with awareness and may not be able to sleep until he/she eats.

Symptoms

Anorexia Nervosa
• Has an excuse not to eat, denial of hunger
• Will only eat a few “Safe”, low-calorie, low fat-foods
• Skips meals and eats in tiny portions
• Will not eat in front of others
• Convinces he or she cannot feel good about themselves unless their thing
• Dramatic weight loss

Bulimia Nervosa
• Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food
• Evidence of purging behaviors, frequent trips to the bathroom after meals
• Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area
• Uses laxatives, diet pills, water pills to promote weight loss
• Buys “binge food” usually junk food or foods in high calories, carbohydrates and sugar
• Leaves clues that suggest discovery is desired such as: running water to cover vomit sounds, foul-smelling bathrooms and use of breath fresheners
• Self-esteem overly related to body image

Eating disorders

Binge Eating Disorder
• Feeling a strong shame regarding the binge eating
• Indications that the binge eating is out of control
• Eating when not hungry
• Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food without any promotion to lose weight

Night Eating Snydrome
• Eating more than half of the daily food intake after dinner
• Little to no appetite for breakfast
• Consistency for at least two months
• Recurring awakenings from sleep, that involve eating to fall back to sleep

Prevention

• Reducing negative risk factors, such as self-shame, depression or basing self-esteem on appearance
• Target those who are at high risk due to factors and clear warning signs
• Stick to your treatment plans
• Do not isolate yourself
• Encourage healthy-eating habits and avoid dieting

Women are more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated of 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male. Educate others about the eating disorders that you have learned and bring more awareness to stop these eating disorders.

Sources:

The National Eating Disorder Association
Mental Health America
WebMd

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