Eating Disorders, Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment
Most of the time eating disorders are confused with strict dieting. Having an
Eating Disorder is much more than just being on a diet. Before truely
understanding the eating disorder , one must be clear what it is and how does
differs from a diet.
An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of each sufferer's
life, maybe caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences, and has
profound effects on the people suffering and their loved ones.
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder
characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
The Eating Disorder, Anorexia, is a unique reaction to a variety of external and
internal conflicts, such as stress, anxiety, unhappiness and feeling like life
is out of control. Anorexia is a negative way to cope with these emotions. New
research indicates that for a percentage of sufferers, a genetic predisposition
may play a role in a sensitivity to develop Anorexia, with environmental factors
being the trigger.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise
specified and is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular
use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.
Men and Women living with Binge Eating Disorder suffer a combination of
symptoms similar to those of Compulsive Overeaters and Bulimia. The sufferer
periodically goes on large binges, consuming an unusually large quantity of
food in a short period of time (less than 2 hours) uncontrollably, eating
until they are uncomfortably full. The weight of each individual is usually
characterized as above average or overweight, and sufferers tend to have a
more difficult time losing weight and maintaining average healthy weights.
Unlike with Bulimia, they do not purge following a Binge episode.
A person suffering with Binge Eating Disorder is at health risk for a heart
attack, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, kidney disease and/or failure,
arthritis and bone deterioration, and stroke.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating
disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors
such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the
effects of binge eating.
Men and women who live with Bulimia seek out binge and purge episodes --
they will eat a large quantity of food in a relatively short period of
time and then use behaviors such as taking laxatives or self-induced
vomiting -- because they feel overwhelmed in coping with their emotions,
or in order to punish themselves for something they feel they should
unrealistically blame themselves for. This can be in direct relation to
how they feel about themselves, or how they feel over a particular event
or series of events in their lives. Those suffering with Bulimia may
seek episodes of binging and purging to avoid and let out feelings of
anger, depression, stress or anxiety. New research indicates that for a
percentage of sufferers, a genetic predisposition may play a role in a
sensitivity to develop Bulimia, with environmental factors being the
trigger. Continue to read more on Causes of
Disorder and Eating Disorder Treatment
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