Every year, many individuals are affected with serious and life threatening eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and compulsive eating.
If the disorder is left untreated, the psychological, emotional and physical consequences can be fatal and devastating.
Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in behavior of eating such as severe over eating, extreme reduction in intake of food and feeling of concern about body shape and weight.
Eating disorders can cause kidney and heart problems. This disorder often occurs with psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorder, depression and substance abuse. Eating disorders often develop during adolescence or early adulthood, but sometimes it can also develop during childhood.
Overweight teens with eating disorders:
According to new study, overweight teens have eating disorders like binge eating. More than one third overweight girls engaged in weight control behaviors like taking diet pills and vomiting to lose weight. This behavior was common among thin girls, but it is now seen in overweight girls also.
Teasing about being fat is one of the strongest risks for being overweight and extreme dieting. When family members tease the teens about their overweight, it doubled the risk of being overweight. Eating together with family is a protective way for overweight and eating disorders.
Worrying too much about diet and continuously focusing on it increases the risk of eating disorder and overweight. Family members should help and encourage their teens to make healthy food choices and exercising so that they can control their weight as well as the disorder.
Different sense of taste in women with anorexia nervosa:
According to a new study, women who have anorexia, have different sense of taste because of the distinct differences in insulta, which is a specific part of the brain that is important in recognizing its taste.
Individuals with anorexia have difficulty in recognizing the taste and therefore people with anorexia avoid normally pleasurable foods, fail to respond appropriately to hunger and are able to lose much weight. Proper treatment is necessary for anorexia sufferers otherwise it results in extreme weight loss.
Anorexia in teenage girls:
Anorexia is spreading too fast due to television, magazines and movies. In all these entertainment programs, models and actresses are shown thin. When these women are held as beauty standards, there is no wonder if a teenage girl wishes in the same way.
Child with eating disorder is affected by bone mass, growth, high blood pressure, puberty delay and gastrointestinal problems.
Eating disorder treatment tips:
- Treatment should include medical supervision, counseling and therapy.
- Behavioral therapy has proven effective in treating this disorder.
- Supportive group therapy and self-help groups may provide support for the sufferers.
- Family members, friends and trusted members can be helpful in the treatment of eating disorders.
- Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective in preventing this disorder and it also addressed the issues that lead to this disorder.