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Eating Disorders: An Eye Opener

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Eating DisordersEspecially today, the society pressures people how they want them to be. But that may result to eating disorders among other things. This is the one of the reasons healthcare providers view eating disorders as a mental disorder rather than a physical condition, though they may come hand in hand.

There are a lot of types of eating disorders, but the following are the most common:

Anorexia nervosa

Simply anorexia, this is the type of eating disorder most people are aware of. Anorexics have a different perception of the ideal body weight, which is way lower than the normal or the average. Furthermore, they are afraid of gaining weight, so they limit their food intake that usually leads to malnutrition. If left ignored, it may lead to death.

Bulimia nervosa

This eating disorder is similar to anorexia nervosa that people have the extreme fear of weight gain. However, with bulimia, patients eat a lot uncontrollably, then make ways to make up for the gained weight. Some decide to induce vomiting, while others take laxatives. Because of this, bulimic patients happen to maintain a healthier weight than with anorexia nervosa.

Binge eating disorder

This is more unique than the first two eating disorders as this does not involve weight consciousness. Binge eating disorder is when a person eats, without control, more than what he usually can as a way to cope up with stress or problems. In contrast with anorexia nervosa, patients that suffer from this disorder actually gain weight to the point of obesity.

There is no specific treatment for eating disorders, says Edcdenver.com. The usual approach they do is a combination or two of the following:

  • Treat first the other physical conditions that may have aroused from the eating disorder. For instance, binge eating disorder can bring about hypercholesterolemia or the increased levels of cholesterol in the blood which can be a huge problem too.
  • There should be proper restoration and monitoring of the patient’s condition through the right diet to address the lack of proper nutrients and being underweight from anorexia for instance.
  • As mentioned above, these disorders are treated like mental conditions hence, the patient should go and see a therapist. Counselling and of course, the support from the family and friends will help a lot with his mental state.
  • In line with therapy, some physicians may also prescribe medications like antidepressants to help the patient cope up with problems and stress.

Eating disorders are more serious than what you might think. It’s important to take these conditions more seriously.