What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

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Eating disorder or otherwise known as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa is defined as abnormal eating habits characterized by excessive eating or inadequate eating. It affects adults, teenagers, and kids. Eating disorder is associated with behavioral development disorders common among teenagers and children. Social problems also cause eating disorder. Negative feelings and thoughts about self-look affect eating habits, leading to eating disorders.

Victims of eating disorder display confusion and after finding themselves into this, they tend to take drastic measures to lose weight or gain weight.

People with eating disorders see there is no need for treatment or counseling. For them it is a waste of time and eating disorder is not an alarming issue.

Asking for help when someone does not think he or she needs it can be hard. Admitting is tough and they show resistance from getting professional care for the disorder. For someone with a family or friend with eating disorder, approach them in a non-threatening, supportive, and hopeful way.

Many victims think medications are not effective for them.

Clinics or treatment centers employing professional persons for this purpose are supportive and they follow clinically tested, effective procedures in treating patients.

During the treatment, the patients should be on guard for adverse effects from overeating or insufficient eating. This is usually the trend. Overeating victims succumb to skipping meals and those under inadequate eating disorder will tend to overeat. This can cause very serious health problems. Varied health problems can occur and found to have direct link to overeating or inadequate eating.

Psychological issues are also common among eating disorder patients. Eating disorders can result from serious mental and behavioral health conditions, as well as trauma. Some notable complications for eating disorder patients are:

1. A drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate

2. Hair loss and fingernail breakage

3. Anemia

4. Swollen joints

5. Brittle bones

6. Loss of periods

7. Soft hairs grow all over the skin

8. Lightheadedness

9. Inability to concentrate

10. Constant stomach pain

11. Stomach and kidney damage

12. Tooth decay

13. “Chipmunk cheeks”

14. Loss of the mineral potassium (can contribute to heart problems and even death)

If you observe that your child, a relative, or a friend is in this situation, seek for available help. It is not too late to help them. You can help and make a difference. Do not hesitate to extend your hand as soon as you spot the condition.

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