Eating Disorders

Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge eating

Causes of eating disorders

  • Genes may increase the risk for eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem, perfectionism, Impulsive behaviors, and troubled relationships may cause disorders
  • Pressure from society may cause people to think that they need to change their bodies

Anorexia

  • Anorexia is the fear of gaining weight and distorted perception of body weight
  • People with anorexia may refuse to maintain a healthy weight, They fear gaining weight , and a distorted body images.
  • Long term effects of anorexia include kidney failure, suicide, Anemia, heart problems, Gastrointestinal problems(digestive).
  • Anorexia could cause mental problems like depression, Personality disorder, Alcohol and substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Symptoms may include extreme weight loss, Dry or yellow skin, Low blood pressure, Fatigue, Constipation, Thin appearance, Dizziness or fainting.

Bulimia

  • Binge eating is eating large amounts of food then purging or getting rid of calories
  • Symptoms may include making yourself vomit, Restricting calories, Eating more food in a binge episode than normal, Causing your self to be in pain and discomfort, and using dietary supplements
  • Long term effects of bulimia may include Suicide, Heart problems, irregular periods in females, Anxiety and depression, tooth decay and gum disease, and digestive problems

Binge eating

  • Binge eating is eating large amounts of food and being un able to stop
  • Symptoms may include eating when not hungry, Eating alone or in secret, and Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
  • Bunge eating may cause you to be obese, Have poor quality of life, or Feeling bad about their lives

Where to get help?

  • Try asking your doctor
  • Visit your local hospital or medical center
  • Ask your school consular or nurse