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Anorexia- is a serious mental illness, which can affect anyone of any age, gender or background. This is the biggest killer of any mental illness and early intervention is the key to recovery. People with Anorexia restrict their food intake and often use other behaviors to get rid of the food by laxatives miss use, over exercise. They also often experience a very deep overwhelming fear of gaining weight.
Anorexia impacts not just of a person mental but also the person physical wellbeing. A person who is suffering from an eating disorder is often unable to consider the severity of the illness and go to great lengths to hide the problems. /
“I felt that I was walking around with this deep dark secret hanging over me. I could not risk anyone finding out. I went to great lengths to hide it. The reality of the illness everyone could see from how thin I was”.
Most early signs of anorexia center on preoccupation with food or dieting. Behavior may appear obsessive or compulsive, and begin to consume more time. Eventually, disordered eating patterns will become more noticeable to others and potentially disrupt schooling, career, and relationships with family and friends.
If you’re concerned that you or someone you love may have an eating disorder, watch for these early warning signs of anorexia:
A lot of people often over eat, particularly at parties, Christmas, Easter, weddings etc. For people who has bulimia Nervosa are caught up in the cycle of eating large amounts of food (binging) and then try to get rid of the food by vomiting, taking laxatives, diuretics, fasting or over exercising (purging) are suffering enormous distress which can take over their lives. Early intervention is the key to a speedy and sustainable recovery.
People will often describe when they are binging of a feeling of “being out of control” or disconnected from what they are doing. After a binge people will often feel over whelmed by guilt, shame and blame that they have to purge to get rid of the food, to bring down their anxiety levels, and their fear of gaining weight.
Binging and purging cycles can dominate a person daily life. Which in turn can lead to difficulties in relationships, work and social situations. Someone who is suffering from bulimia can often hide their illness from others because they are at normal weight. This often stops a person from seeking help, because they see they don’t have a problem or they won’t be believed.
In addition, popular culture cultivates and reinforces a desire for thinness that may contribute to bulimia in both men and women. Success and worth are often equated with being thin, especially for women. Pressure from a peer group at school, work, or social circles can also fuel this desire to be thin, particularly among young girls and teens. For other people, bulimia symptoms may begin later in life, particularly during times of transition, if they experience trauma or stress that overwhelms their ability to cope.
Bulimia describes an illness which contains a range of behaviors. There are regular episodes of “binge” eating, usually in private, of foods believed to be fattening and therefore in some way “forbidden” to someone wanting to control their weight. Foods typically eaten during a binge will include biscuits, chocolate, crisps, bowls of cereal, large amounts of toast with butter, chips, cakes, tubs of ice cream etc. Eating continues until the urge to eat is gone, tension is reduced, physical satiation is reached, often to the point of pain, or the person is interrupted.
Many signs of bulimia relate to self-induced vomiting, which is the most prevalent form of purging. They include:
You may experience short and long-term effects on your body, as well as emotional and behavioral symptoms:
Physical symptoms may also include:
Just because you experience one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re definitely affected by bulimia. It’s important to talk to your GP to get a full diagnosis.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating and a feeling of distress about binge eating.
Orthorexia is not recognised as a clinical diagnosis but is characterised by excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.
Emotional Overeating can be defined as eating large amounts of food in response to difficult emotions.
Some people may have some, but not all, of the typical signs of eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, or their symptoms are a mix of anorexia and bulimia. Some people will suffer from more than one type of eating disorder in their lives.