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Types Of Eating Disorders

  • The 2016 Baltimore Eating Disorder Symposium: A Wakeup Call

    Events like the 2016 Baltimore Eating Disorder Symposium are a sign that people are beginning to be aware of the dangers of suffering from an eating problem, and they want to either prevent themselves from having it or cure themselves of it.

    A knowledge and understanding of the definition and types of eating disorders are essential in being able to grasp the importance of healthy eating. Anyone can be affected by these disorders, but statistics have it that women are more inclined to succumb to an eating problem compared to the men.

     

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    Bulimia And Anorexia

    People with bulimia nervosa, which is described as bouts of purging, binge eating, over-exercising, and using laxatives, have insecurity and confidence issues. They feel that they need to do these things to make them feel better.

    Those with anorexia nervosa, on the other hand, always feel and look at themselves as fat – even obese – despite their very small body frames. They also over-exercise but unlike bulimia, they don’t eat too much. Instead, they don’t eat at all.

    These common characteristics of only two of the most common eating disorders are what will lead affected individuals to severe health conditions and even to their death.

    Other equally crucial symptoms that one should look out for are:

    • Mood changes
    • Digestion problems
    • Worry, anxiety, and depression
    • Avoids social events or even family affairs
    • Irregular menstrual cycle for women
    • Abrupt weight loss or weight gain

     

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    Seeking Help For Your Eating Disorder

    Admitting that you have an eating disorder is not an easy thing to do, but the first step is confiding this to your doctor. Perhaps you could bring along a family member or a close friend to make things easier for you. The most important thing is that you are willing to follow your doctor’s advice, slowly but surely.

    Perhaps you can educate yourself on the basics of eating disorders, including the other symptoms and of course the potential side effects their complications. Joining symposiums like the one …

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  • Traveling To Beat Eating Disorders

     

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    Travelers have various reasons why they want to see the world. For some, they seek knowledge. For others, it’s to find a network of friends for an advocacy or goal to accomplish in life. For me, I traveled to help myself recover from my eating disorder.

    But let me tell you a very important thing. I didn’t find traveling abroad effective when I wasn’t receiving any formal treatment yet. You need to have had a course of treatment and on your way to recovery for traveling to be able to work.

    Why Did Travel Not Work For Me When My Eating Disorder Was On Its Acute And Booming State?

    Health experts explain that when you have just been diagnosed with an eating disorder and are not getting any treatment, the mental, emotional and physical risks will certainly outweigh the benefits of traveling.

     

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    In the thick of my ED, I was incapable of controlling the symptoms despite the travel. I was still bingeing and purging, which is why I can testify that traveling is not the best solution. The only thing I got from my first attempt to travel with my ED was bad memories that overshadowed the benefits of traveling.

    When Did I Finally Reap The Healing Benefits Of Travel?

    My therapist handed me a checklist after two months of treatment that included counseling and medications. The checklist contained these questions:

    Are you able to control your symptoms?

    Does the thought of traveling excite you or does it make you feel anxious and afraid?

    Am I physically and mentally stable?

    Now, when you answer these questions, try to be as honest as you can be to yourself. That’s what the therapist told me, and when I did, that was when I realized that I wasn’t very much excited to travel for a while, not until I was confident enough, like a month after that. I did several types of therapy and counseling and I felt really secure and good about myself. Finally, …

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  • Adolescent Depression And Binge-Eating Often Go Hand-in-Hand

     

    A lot of adolescents today are struggling with and eating disorder known as binge-eating disorder. One of the signs of the disorder is uncontrollable rapid consumption of large amounts of food, even when the person is not hungry. People suffering from this disorder have a high risk of depression and it also goes the other way around. Those individuals with depression are also at great risk of developing binge-eating disorder. While the cause remains unclear, these two disorders go hand-in-hand. It can be a vicious cycle of feeling depressed leading to eating too much or eating too much, then feel depressed about it.

     

    Tailoring a Plan to Fit the Needs of the Individual

     

    Intervention will be hard in these cases. Parents simply tend to chastise their child for overeating and gaining weight which then leads to depression. This will be a big problem in the future. There are, however, tailored plans that can be customized depending on the needs of the individual that will help treat both mental health disorders.

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  • Eating Disorders Among Celebrities

     

    Each one of us is not spared from being affected by eating disorders. Adolescents, teens and middle-aged individuals – men and women alike are prone to having one of the several types of this group of diseases. In fact, nearly 30 million Americans have an eating disorder, including famous personalities like actors and actresses, and musicians.

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  • Anxiety And Eating Disorders

    ANXIETY ATTACK HELP

    Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful events, but usually, it dissipates when the situation normalizes. There are some people however who suffer from feelings of anxiety for no apparent reason. Those who suffer from an anxiety disorder can find it very difficult to cope with everyday life. In such situations, Betterhelp has given some sound advice on how to help sufferers.

    THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EATING DISORDERS AND ANXIETY

    Anxiety and depression have always been linked to eating disorders, but recent thinking is that anxiety may cause the eating disorder and not the other way around. People who suffer from anxiety and depression and those who have eating disorders all suffer from low self-esteem, so it is easy to understand how these conditions can be inter-related.

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  • Free and Accessible Resources to Help Beat Eating Disorders

    Informational Literature                                                  

    The best and most important way to begin recovery is to educate yourself. There are tons of helpful books and articles about eating disorders that can really help you to understand what to expect. If you have a local library, be sure to take a trip and check out some books about eating disorders. There are many books about what to expect, stories of recovery, changing the way you look at yourself, and more. Here are some of the most helpful and popular books that you can read:

    • “Answers to Binge Eating – New Hope for Appetite Control” by Dr. James M. Greenblatt
    • “Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image” by Ophira Edut
    • “Goodbye ED, Hello Me” by Jenni Schaefer
    • “Life Without ED” by Jenni Schaefer
    • “The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders” by Carolyn Costin
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  • Symptoms Of Typical Eating Disorders

     

    Anorexia: Common Symptoms and Warning Signs

    Anorexia, also called anorexia nervosa, most typically involves an obsession with one’s weight and calorie intake. In an effort to combat weight gain, patients with anorexia resort to starving themselves or at least eat the bare minimum to survive. Of course, this dramatic restriction of eating causes all kinds of symptoms, the most common being the following:

    • severe weight loss
    • extremely thin appearance
    • tiredness
    • dizziness
    • brittle hair and nails
    • constipation
    • very susceptible to the cold
    • irregular heart beat
    • trouble getting warm
    • dehydration
    • fainting
    • dry skin
    • brittle bones

    These symptoms are developed when anorexia has been present for a substantial amount of time. This means that there are some warning signs present. Typical warning signs of anorexia nervosa include:

    • refusal to eat
    • obsession with weight
    • obsession with appearance
    • skips meals
    • weighing food
    • obsessing over calories and fat content
    • eats a handful of foods that are extremely low calorie
    • cutting food into tiny pieces
    • spitting food out before swallowing it
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  • Three Types Of Eating Disorders

    Awareness of eating disorders is not that prevalent compared with the other mental conditions. The common notions for individuals with eating disorders are usually they just don’t have the appetite to eat, they are just too stressed so they overeat, or they just ate something bad so they want to eliminate that.

    There is so much more about eating disorders. These disorders are serious psychological conditions that require attention from professional therapists.

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  • Anorexia Nervosa – An Eating Disorder That Can Be Fatal

    In my many years of talking with teens and learning about their personal thoughts on their eating disorders, it has always been sad. I have also come across parents who almost lost their girls due to anorexia or bulimia. It may seem exaggerated for other people. They think that teens with these disorders are faking it and just crave for attention. Others say that they are just being brats for not eating.

    Well, it is correct. These teens do need a lot of attention because if they will be left unattended with an eating disorder in tow, it will literally kill them. Eating disorders are real mental illnesses. It is not something made up just for the sake of being a brat. You have to understand that this is serious and it really happens even to the most promising teens.

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  • Binge Eating Disorder – The Basics

     

    Overview and Symptoms

    Binge eating disorder is one of the lesser known eating disorders, however, it’s just as harmful and life threatening as any other. Binge eating disorder, also known as BED, involves an individual eating an unnecessarily large quantity of food very quickly, regularly, and to the point of pain or discomfort. Despite popular belief, overweight or obese individuals usually are not inflicted with BED. In fact, many patients who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder are of normal weight. Binge eating is regarded as a mental illness, a combination of emotional, psychosocial, biological, and environmental factors. This is to be differentiated from food addiction which is the inability to stop eating certain foods and a loss of control over the ability to stop eating, which can be addressed by institutions or professionals providing help with addiction.

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