Exactly What is an Eating Disorder?

By: ebookpalace
Eating disorders are some of the most destructive illnesses today. Although a commonly used term, the meaning is often a source of confusion for many people. Basically, eating disorders happen to people whose diet patterns have gone awry somewhere along the way and ultimately lead to eating habits that are damaging and dangerous.

Even though these disorders have occurred in many as stand alone ailments, they are often accompanied by feelings of rejection and extreme stress.

Many more women than men have eating disorders and it is a cause for alarm in the field of medicine. It often starts with girls eating less to maintain their figures or to look attractive. In doing so, they are not taking in enough of the necessary nutrients their bodies need. As a result of which they don't get adequate nutrients in their body. The organs in the body are affected and it often leads to a permanent infirmity or even death.

Doctors have come across many different types of eating disorders. Two of the best known are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. These may occur together or separately. Sometimes people eat too much (which leads to obesity) and sometimes people eat too little (which leads to anorexia), both are exceedingly harmful.

Bulimia is eating of too much of food and then throwing it all up to remain thin. Orthorexia is the mania of eating the correct food. Some people are afraid, at times irrationally so, to eat certain things.

An aberration from the normal course of things, these atypical forms of behavior are disturbing, to say the least as it, disrupts good eating habits, affecting your health in a negative way.

What causes these disorders is the question. There has been much speculation on it. When someone is overly conscious of how he or she looks or how fat or thin he or she is it may very well result in an eating disorder like these. Both excessive love of food and excessive narcissism are often responsible.

The results of an eating disorder are deadly and it is important that a patient is treated with utmost care because the disorder, more often than not, has a psychological explanation. It is not only related to the amount of food one consumes but also why one does it. It is important to uncover the real reasons in order to set the patient on the road to recovery.

Eating disorders can create an emotional toll too. People with this disease are often found to be withdrawn and depressed. Although eating disorders are very dangerous, don't lose hope. Talk to your doctor about what you're feeling. That's the first step on the road to recovery.

Disclaimer: The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to your doctor to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for eating disorders.
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