Eating Disorders

by:Rhonda Vittitoe

Causes of eating disorders

Society- Famous people are thin and pretty so to be pretty you need to be small

Genetics- Eating disorders can possibly run in your family

Psychological and emotional health- People can have psychological and emotional problems that contribute to the disorder. May have low self-esteem, impulsive behavior and troubled relationships.

Anorexia

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

Characteristics:

  • *refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • *an intense fear of gaining weight.
  • *a distorted body image.
  • Symptoms:
  • *extreme weight loss
  • *thin appearance
  • *dizziness or fainting
  • *seizure
  • *hair that thins, breaks or falls out
  • Long term effects:
  • destroys the mind, spirit, relationships, future, and ultimately, and life
  • Bulimia

    Excessive overeating followed by compensatory behaviors such as laxative abuse, vomiting, and/or compulsive exercising

    Characteristics:

  • *Expressions of disgust about one’s body
  • *Worn tooth enamel/tooth decay due to stomach acid from purging
  • *Sore and inflamed throat
  • *Gastrointestinal problems, severe dehydration, and stomach distress
  • *Electrolyte imbalance which can cause a heart attack
  • Symptoms:
  • *frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting.
  • *A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.
  • *Self-esteem overly related to body image.
  • Long Term Effects:
  • *You may make yourself vomit even if you have not overeaten so that you can feel good
  • *lose control over the binge-purge cycle
  • Binge Eating

    people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop

    Characteristics:

  • *Eating extremely fast
  • *Eating beyond feeling full
  • *Eating large amounts of food when not hungry
  • Symptoms:
  • *Regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar circumstances
  • *Feeling that one's eating is out of control during a binge
  • *Being very upset by binge eating
  • *Binge eating takes place on at least a weekly basis for three months
  • Long Term Effects :
  • *Stroke
  • *Blindness
  • *Kidney disease
  • *Amputation due to poor circulation
  • *Coronary heart disease
  • Sources of help

    Find an eating disorder treatment specialist in your area

  • Listen to your body.
  • Listen to your feelings.
  • Trust yourself.
  • Accept yourself.
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