Eating Disorders

Allie Schreiber

What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is any characteristic of abnormal eating patterns. Some examples of eating disorders include Bulimia, Anorexia and Binge Eating. Women are more susceptible to eating disorders than men. In fact, over 200 women in the United States are diagnosed with Anorexia.

All About Anorexia

Anorexia is a serious eating disorder that affects millions of women and men all over the world. The illness is caused by the illusion that they are "overweight" causing extremely low eating habits. This disease can potentially be life-threatening and the health consequences are endless.


Some Symptoms Include:

Lack of self-esteem due to body weight, dramatic weight loss, refusal to eat certain foods, frequent comments about being fat or weight, denial of hunger and consistent excuses to avoid meals.


Those who have suffered or are suffering from Anorexia may have these symptoms:

fainting, fatigue, severe dehydration, muscle loss and weakness and hair loss.


If you believe someone is suffering from anorexia seek help immediately. This illness can be life-threatening in some extreme cases

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Bulimia

Bulimia, also known as Bulimia Nervosa, is an eating disorder where one consumes a large amount of food in a short amount of food then proceeding to excuse the food from one's body. This behavior to not allow food into the body is made by the feeling of guilt or shame. Those who suffer with Bulimia see themselves as "fat" or "overweight" and they feel guilty for eating food.


Facts and Statistics


  • Approximately 80% of people suffering from Bulimia are female.
  • People struggling with Bulimia often appear to be a normal body weight
  • It affects 1-2% of the U.S population



Some symptoms that people with Bulimia have are-

binge eating, excessive vomiting and low self-esteem towards one's body image


Some warning signs may be-

a rigid exercise regimen, discoloration of the teeth, unusual swelling of the cheeks and jaw and withdrawal from social activities


The health consequences of Bulimia are very severe. One should seek help if they have Bulimia due to the fact that these side affects last a lifetime. If one is Bulimic it can be hard for someone to stop on their own. These health consequences can include tooth decay, inflammation of the esophagus and uncontrollable vomiting.



Citations

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/bulimia-nervosa

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa

Helpline

If you or a friend has an eating disorder call the helpline at 1-800-931-2237

they can assist you in getting the care you need quickly.