7 Important Facts About Eating Disorders

A healthy diet fuels a fit body and a sharp mind. Healthy diet is pivotal to healthy and successful lifestyle. Eating disorders disrupts lifestyle, degrades heath, disturbs regular bodily functions and reduces productivity. This makes eating disorders to be monitored closely and checked regularly. One of the main reasons eating disorders are so widespread is that their treatment is one of the least funded treatments in the world.

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1) Eating disorders can be broadly classified into 3 categories

  • AnorexiaNervosa: Popularly known as Anorexia, this eating disorder causes people to obsess over their weights. People suffering from this disease tend to eat less and exercise more. This makes their body deprived of essential nutrients. Energy levels and stamina also goes low
  •  Bulimia Nervosa: This is an extreme eating disorder due to which they eat in excess then start worrying about the weight. They start taking extreme measures to check the body mass increase. This is a life threatening disorder and requires self-control and proper medication to cure.
  •  Binge Eating Disorder: Binge Eating Disorder consists of binges where the patient feels constant urge to eat regularly and a quantity that makes him uncomfortable. It is followed by distress and depression.

 

2) Although the exact cause of eating disorder varies from person to person, the causes can be broadly classified into psychological issues, genetic issues, control issues, family background, coping skills, social issues, trauma, stress, depression etc. One or more than one of the given causes can trigger any of the eating disorders.

 

3) Eating disorders are one of the most widespread disorders in the world. The prime reason is people failing to recognize this as a problem. Those who do, ignore its need for immediate treatment. That’s the reason over 80% of the cases of eating disorders go untreated: lack of infrastructure and awareness.

 

4) Mortality:

Eating disorders could also be fatal, if left untreated for too long. Women of the age group 15 – 24 are 12 times more probable to die of anorexia as compared to any other disease. 10 – 15% men are also hunted down by anorexia, who failed to seek help because of sexual stereotypes.

 

5) Unhealthy lifestyle:

40% of boys and more than 50% of girls have surrendered to unhealthy lifestyle like smoking cigarettes, fasting, vomiting, skipping meals, laxatives and excessive exercising to control their weights.

 

6) Problems:

If not death, binge eating can adversely affect lives by inviting many non curable diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, tooth decay, electrolyte imbalances, inflammation of esophagus, gastric rupture, chronic irregular bowel movements,  liver damage due to alcoholic abuse, kidney failure due to sever dehydration, gallbladder diseases and type II diabetes. Even of these problems are big enough to  make someone’s life intolerable.

 

7) Consequences:

The excessive measures of rate control adversely effects the body and bodily functions. The consequences are muscle loss, weakness, fainting, fatigue, dry hair, hair loss, dry skin, severe dehydration and kidney failure, osteoporosis and reduced heart rate.