Overtraining and Eating Disorders

The dangers and the solutions

What is the issue?

Both anorexia and bulimia are common eating disorders that are often hidden or overlooked. Victims of anorexia characteristically dramatically reduce their eating in an effort to lose weight, as they often perceive themselves to be larger than they actually are. Victim of bulimia tend to eat a normal or even excessive amount, but force themselves to throw up to rid themselves of the food consumed throughout the day. Another dangerous weight management habit, overtraining, is done by those who are trying to lose an excessive amount of weight. Instead of exercising a healthy amount, they overwork their bodies in order to burn more calories and often end up creating long term damage.
Eating and Body Dysmorphic Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #33

Keep In Mind...

  • Bulimia and anorexia can create unpleasant physical changes, such as teeth that begin to look clear, broken blood vessels and loss of hair.
  • Eating disorders are often brought on by emotional and environmental stress and sadness. The cause for the disorder often has nothing to do with the victims real weight.
  • Those suffering from an eating disorder or overtraining problem often will not be open about it. They may feel embarrassed or alone and resort to secrecy and privacy to hide their true thoughts and feelings about their weight.
  • Victims of anorexia, bulimia and overtraining are never to blame. They did not choose this eating disorder and they need your support to overcome it.
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