Today, Friday, February 15, 2019

Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia

There is a fine line between eating disorders and healthy dieting. People with these disorders are extremely emotional; such disorders are psychological. The different types of eating diseases are characterized by different symptoms and signs.

When dealing with people with these serious problems, you must often be very sensitive. If people are in denial, it's hard to get them to admit that eating is a problem for them. It's also hard for normal people without such diseases to be able to relate to their loved ones and understand the eating problems they have.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is the extreme fear of gaining weight. People with these eating disorders often maintain a dangerously low weight for fear that they'll gain even a pound. They have a distorted view of their bodies, often seeing themselves as bigger than they really are.

One of the biggest symptoms of anorexia nervosa is a drastic loss of weight. People with the disease often feel fatigued and faint and have brittle hair and nails and irregular menstrual cycles. Loved ones may notice a change in eating habits; people who suffer from anorexia are obsessed with what they eat and how much they eat. They also find any excuse to skip a meal or eat less than they should.

Bulimia Nervosa

Eating disorders come in many different forms. Bulimia nervosa is when someone binge eats and then participates in extreme behaviors to try to compensate for the overeating. Many times people vomit in order to rid their body of the food that they ate. People can also take laxatives and fast for days to make up for everything they are.

People who make themselves vomit can often have visible signs affecting their mouths and hands. Like anorexia, people can also be fatigued and have irregular menstrual cycles. People with the disease will make frequent trips to the bathroom on or around the times that they eat. They have obsessive dieting and food hoarding habits.

Binge Eating Disorders

Binge eating involves overeating to the point where you're so full that you feel sick. Binge eating can be a part of bulimia nervosa, but it is also a disease that stands on its own. The main characteristic of binge eating is someone quickly eating a large amount of food on a regular basis.

People with binge eating diseases will often eat alone to hide the embarrassment they feel about the amount of food they consume. They are often depressed or worried about the amount of food they have eaten. They can also hoard food and hide the empty containers or trash. They have an obsession with their body, like those with other disorders, but when they diet, they hardly lose any weight at all.

Eating problems can occur in people of any age or gender.

It's hard to determine whether your child has an eating problem, or if they are just being a child. Children have odd eating patterns; they can be picky or easily influenced by what the people around them are eating. They can develop eating disorders just as easily as adults can, and it's hard to determine if they have an actual disorder or are just different. For parents, it's a hard problem to address, because most parents don't want to believe their child has a serious problem.

Men can have body issues and eating problems as well. Most people associate anorexia and bulimia with women, but eating diseases affect 10% of men. Men involved in sports can have these diseases, but they're more widely accepted, because losing weight for horseback riding, football, and wrestling seems more normal to the general population. Doctors and loved ones have a hard time diagnosing eating disorders in men, but ignoring the problem doesn't make it any less severe.

Confronting someone with a problem

Confronting someone who has a problem with eating can be a terrifying burden. You don't want to alienate or offend the person you love who is suffering from the disease. You need to be very careful about what you talk about. Hiring a professional interventionist can be a great way to make sure that you get your loved one the help that they need.

People with eating disorders are often extremely ashamed of their problem, so it's important to make them feel like there is no guilt or blame being placed upon them. You need to stress the fact that you love this person and have a genuine concern for their health. An eating problem is not a simple problem with a simple solution, and therefore you should never make your loved one feel like there is an easy answer or way out. You can do research on what to say and how to say it to maximize the chance that your loved one will get help.

Getting professional help

If you think that someone close to you has a problem, you can talk to your doctor and have them diagnose your loved one. After they are diagnosed and aware of their problem, you can proceed in getting them the professional help they need. There are many hotlines, Web sites, and support groups you can get in contact with in order to help your loved one in the best way possible.

If you know someone who suffers from eating disorders, you know that there are many treatment options. People with an eating problem can be admitted to a hospital or go to a special retreat center to deal with their issue. Psychologists and dieticians can be used for the emotionally sensitive aspects of the disorders. Therapy is a necessary step for your loved one in getting better.

Other underlying problems

Eating disorders can be brought on by a number of things. Sometimes there are deeper psychological issues that affect a person and trigger an eating disorder. In the same sense, eating disorders and the psychological weight they place on people can bring on other problems.

When considering treatment, consider the other problems people might have. Treatment programs can address any alcohol or drug abuse problems you loved one might also face. They can also treat the problems that caused the eating issues, such as sexual or physical abuse.

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