Eating Disorders

What is an Eating Disorder?

What are the Causes?

Let's start off by explaining what an eating disorder is:
"Eating disorders are mental illnesses that cause serious disturbances in a person’s everyday diet."

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of lack of control in life
  • Depression, anxiety, anger, stress, or loneliness
  • Troubled person relationships
  • Difficulty expressing emotions and feelings
  • History of being teased or ridiculed based on size or weight
  • History of physical or sexual abuse
  • Cultures that glorify "thinness"
  • Narrow opinions about beauty; how a person should look
  • Racial discrimination or prejudice

Types of Disorders


Anorexia is the fear of being obese, so it becomes a life threatening desire to lose weight by eating little, or not at all.
Unlike others whose self-esteem is based on their overall image; a person suffering from anorexia is only concerned about their weight. Weight loss will be their opinion on how to truly achieve and be satisfied with themselves. In their eyes health risks do not matter, because their main goal is to lose weight.
Symptoms consist of; extreme weight lost, thin appearance, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness/fainting, discoloration in the fingers, dehydration, low blood pressure, constipation, and abnormal blood clots.
In the end Anorexia takes a huge toll on the condition of your whole body, because of the illness many people have been hospitalized with a life threatening status. Anorexia also disturbs your blood pressure, bone loss, and causes heart attacks.
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Bulimia is when a person goes on a binge eating spree to avoid gaining weight. It effects both genders, and numerous ages.

A person will binge eat after struggling to hold back the desire. Once they do: the person will then feel very ashamed and eager to undo the event. Therefore they will make frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight, so far as forcefully vomiting, and taking laxatives.
Symptoms include; lack of control over eating, secrecy surrounding eating, eating unusually large amounts of food with no change in weight, and alternating between overeating and fasting.
Bulimia can effect your heart & circulation, stomach, kidneys, bones, brain, ovaries (female).

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