Eating disorders can be described as a disturbance of eating disorders resulting in poor psychological and physical health.
There are varying types of eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
How does it all start?
Eating disorders happen as a result of severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as unhealthy reduction of food intake or extreme overeating. This may happen as a result of traumatic incidents, or a particularly stressful situation. It can then be exacerbated by a preoccupation on body image and diet. These feeding patterns can be caused by feelings of distress or concern about body shape or weight, and they harm normal body composition and function. Eating disorders frequently occur together with other psychiatric illness such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. The onset of an eating disorder is more frequently experienced in adolescence (10-14 years) and early adulthood (18-21 years).
“They dont often occur in isolation, but rather with other mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression”
Anorexia nervosa involves the restricting of food intake and calories. There is a phobia around gaining weight and this is managed through excessive exercising, use of laxatives and diuretics and fasting.
Characterized by recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food (binge-eating), and feeling a lack of control over the eating. This is followed by some type of behavior that compensates for the binge, such as purging fasting, and/or excessive exercise
Eating disorders can be treated and restored to healthy weight and mental functioning. Please reach out if you know someone or are experiencing concerns.