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Types Of Eating Disorders

  • How Social Media Contribute To An Eating Disorder Called Orthorexia

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    The basis of the overwhelming majority of diets is to restrict one or more types of food or ingredients in food in order to achieve the goal – the promise of permanent weight loss, improved health and ah yes, happiness. — Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS

    Paleo, keto, detoxing juices—you might have encountered these diet trends if you’re always on social media. Perhaps a close friend is embarking on his or her weight loss journey. Or maybe a celebrity you’re following has a video series on how to achieve his or her flawless body. Not everyone is undergoing a new wellness regimen, but the Internet can make it seem so. Consequently, you might feel left behind.

    These latest trends can pressure many people to change their diet drastically without seeking professional help. Thus, dietitians and nutritionists worry they may see a rise in cases of an obscure eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa.

    Orthorexia: Definition And Symptoms

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    Orthorexia involves an obsession with “clean eating” or consuming whole foods instead of processed ones. Similar to anorexia nervosa (obsession with losing weight), it entails restricting the intake of “unhealthy” nutrients such as fat, sugar, and carbohydrates. The National Eating Disorders Association coined the term in 1998. However, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has yet to recognize it as an official diagnosis.

    Not only do you begin to cut out foods or practice certain dietary rules with orthorexia, but you may go to extensive lengths to meet these guidelines you have established with yourself. — Dawn Delgado LMFT, CEDS-S

    Diet changes that may hint at orthorexia include the following:

    • Compulsive checking of a food’s nutrition facts and ingredients
    • Refusal to eat “impure” foods such as dairy or animal products
    • Neurotic interest in what other people are eating
    • Fear of eating meals prepared by other people
    • Feeling distressed when “clean” foods are not available
    • Obsessive following of food blogs and posts on social media

    If left unchecked, orthorexia can lower one’s metabolism, damaging the …

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  • Healthy Honey And Cinnamon Recipes That You Might Love

    If you have been going to a therapist’s clinic for some time now to treat an eating disorder, it is highly possible that you are starting to get sick of the routine.

    We live in a culture that convinces us certain foods are good or bad and that we are good or bad based on what we eat. It’s no wonder so many of us feel crazy around food! — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

    Counselors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable people – there is no doubt about that. However, getting reminded every single time that your health is still not in tiptop shape can be exhausting. If we are honest, the level of stress coming from that usually leads some patients to revert to their bad eating habits.

    Despite that, we should also remember that good health is not solely for those who can afford insurance or stay at the gym for a few hours a day. People from all walks of life can attain it since you need no medicine, vitamins or supplements to make it happen. And, yes, even the individuals who used to or still have a love-hate relationship with food can eat healthily as well on their own. You only need two essential ingredients: honey and cinnamon.

    Benefits Of Using Honey And Cinnamon

    The primary advantage of making something out of honey and cinnamon is that these ingredients are natural sources of vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that promote good health.

    Raw honey, to be specific, is capable of keeping allergies at bay, preventing malignant and cardiovascular diseases, and suppressing cough. Some people believe that eating one spoonful of it every day, especially when you are feeling well, can cause your illness to go away. Aside from that, it is known for being able to enhance memory and boost a person’s overall immune system.

    Meanwhile, cinnamon is a spice that you might have been using to create rolls or pies during special occasions at home. The reality, however, is that it does not only make your dish …

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  • Manage Your Health Without Needing Online Counselling With Corn Coffee

    One of the typical reasons why people develop an eating disorder and later need online counseling is their weight issues. Some individuals who have been overweight most of their life, after all, tend to experience bullying. Since they cannot curb their appetite the natural way, they end up either starving themselves or developing purging characteristics – e.g., over-exercising or puking – in hopes of losing fats.

    The thing is, an eating disorder is among the mental health conditions that can go on for months or years without the patients’ loved ones noticing their symptoms. It is not difficult for them to claim that they have already eaten on the way home or they are following a strict diet plan. Unless the troubled folks open up about it, no one else may know that someone close to them is suffering from such a disorder.

    Mindful eating is one technique to help us turn off the dieting mentality, learn to trust ourselves, and eat in attunement with our bodies. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

    How To Help Yourself?

    Coffee is undoubtedly a common beverage that men and women prefer to have before the day begins. There have been researches conducted which present the possibility of prolonging the human life span and boosting mental health by consuming caffeinated drinks often. However, some studies have gathered as well that caffeine can generate disadvantageous results, such as an increase in indigestion and excretion of elements like magnesium and calcium, which make you more prone to having kidney stones. Due to such pros and cons, the producers have come up with a “coffee in a corn.”

    What Is It?

    The beverage is practically coffee that’s made out of corn kernels or grits. The manufacturers dry the latter before roasting and pulverizing them. Many people like to drink it as a replacement for the regular espressos that originate from coffee beans since it is already de-caffeinated. Meaning to say, you can consume it without being unable to sleep at night or increasing your risk of having high blood …

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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.

    As we filled our plates, I couldn’t resist the gooey broccoli and cheese casserole—my favorite since childhood. The eating disorder growled at me as I filled my plate: “How pathetic, I knew you wouldn’t be able to stick to the plan!” — Angie Viets, LCP, CEDS

    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 …

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

     

     

    The myth that you can tell who has an eating disorder based upon their appearance is incredibly dangerous to those who are struggling. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

    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

     

    The myth that you can tell who has an eating disorder based upon their appearance is incredibly dangerous to those who are struggling. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

     

    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.

    When a loved one or dear friend is hiding or lying about self-destructive behavior, it often feels like we need to take action immediately. Even if it means destroying or disrupting a relationship. — F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

    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                                                  

    In our weight-biased culture, when a fat person loses weight, it is almost always seen as a good thing. Even when that weight loss is caused by an eating disorder. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

    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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