Eating Disorders

What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is a mental disorder that effects many people. When someone feels insecure about their body, they can develop and eating disorder.


What Causes an Eating Disorder?

Usually, people who have an eating disorder have body dysmorphic. But, they may not necessarily have it. If you feel insecure about your body, you can slowly start to get into bad eating habits and eventually into a full out eating disorder.


Three Main Types of Eating Disorders:

Symptoms

Most people show these symptoms if they have an eating disorder:


-Run to the bathroom after eating and return shaky and green. (Bulimia)

-Try not to eat in public or in groups

-Make excuses as too why they aren't eating or have to miss dinner

-Complain of being sick and losing their appetite

-Wear baggy clothes

-Become dizzy easily or have headaches

-Have sudden weight loss in a short amount of time

-Complain about their weight frequently

-Count the calories they are eating obsessively

There are many more signs and symptoms, but I named the most common.

Risks

Many risk factors come along with eating disorders, but I will name a couple common ones.


-Teeth discoloration or decay (bulimia)

-Organ failure

-Bone loss or weakening

-High or low blood pressure

-Loss of the ability to be fertile

-Stunted growth

-Heart problems

-Digestive problems

-Depression

-Suicidal thoughts or actions

-Undernourishment

-Death

Helping a Friend with an Eating Disorder

If you find out a friend of yours has an eating disorder, do not just let it go and pretend like they don't. Try to help them out first and make them realize what they are doing to their body and what their real body looks like. Being bony is not as great as it seems to be once someone really realizes what they look like or can turn out to look like. Try to determine the severity of their eating disorder. Minor or severe, you have to tell somebody. Tell guidance counselors, trusted adults, parents, etc. but do NOT tell other friends or peers.


Recovery and Treatment

Treatment is possible and you can start feeling better about your body image plus have regular meals and feel great. You have to talk to somebody about your issue. A guidance counselor, your doctor, a trusted teacher, any trusted adult, but preferably your parents are good to tell. Friends can try to help you through this hard time, but they can't do much about it to help you completely overcome it because you need therapy and medical help to be fully recovered.


Eating Disorders are not a Joke

Do not joke about them with friends or make rude remarks about them because you don't know if anyone who can hear has one and how they are impacted by the words you say. Even if no one you knew had it, eating disorders are a real mental disorder and are serious. Don't say things like "you should be anorexic" or "you look anorexic" or anything along those lines because they are extremely rude and can take a toll on the person you told it to. If you have one or know someone with one, don't just brush it off and act like it's not there. Eating disorders aren't some little thing to just play around with. They need medical attention.


You MUST seek medical attention if you know or feel as if you are developing an eating disorder or if you are having bad thoughts about your self image.