8 things to know about eating disorders By: Mary O'Keefe

Lets start off with 5 different eating disorders and what they mean and how they effect the body.
1. Anorexia nervosa: ( from dictionary.com ) an eating disorder primarily affecting adolescent girls and young women, characterized by pathological fear of becoming fat, distorted body image, excessive dieting, and emaciation. Symptoms include ( mayo clinic / taken off google pdf exactly ) Whole body: dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, low blood pressure, low body temperature, osteoporosis, water-electrolyte imbalance, or feeling cold Behavioral: binge eating, compulsive behavior, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or social isolation Mood: anxiety, apprehension, or guilt Weight: underweight, weight loss, or extreme weight loss and thinness Developmental: delayed puberty or slow growth Menstrual: irregular menstruation or absence of menstruation Gastrointestinal: constipation or vomiting Also common: brittle nails, bruising, depression, dieting, dry hair, dry skin, headache, sensitivity to cold, or slow heart rate
2. Bulimia Nervosa: ( From dictionary.com ) a habitual disturbance in eating behavior mostly affecting young women of normal weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain. ( Mayo Clinic / Taken off google pdf ) Behavioral: binge eating, compulsive behavior, impulsivity, self-harm, vomiting after overeating, or lack of restraint Whole body: dehydration, fatigue, food aversion, hunger, or water-electrolyte imbalance Mood: anxiety, general discontent, guilt, or mood swings Gastrointestinal: constipation, heartburn, or inflamed esophagus Mouth: bad breath, dental cavities, or dryness Menstrual: absence of menstruation or irregular menstruation Weight: body weight changes or weight loss Also common: abnormality of taste, depression, poor self-esteem, or sore throat
3, Binge-eating Disorder: ( definition off of mayoclinic.org ) a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating. ( Mayo clinic ) Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control Eating even when you're full or not hungry Eating rapidly during binge episodes Eating until you're uncomfortably full Frequently eating alone or in secret Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss.
4. Purging disorder:( https://www.remudaranch.com/conditions-we-treat/other-eating-disorders/purging-disorder )when someone uses a purging method after eating a small or “normal” amount of food. ( Symptoms from https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/purging-disorder-signs-and-symptoms ) Different forms of purging can have similar physical side effects. These include dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and vital organ damage. Additionally, self-induced vomiting can lead to dental problems, swelling of the throat, and broken blood vessels in the face and neck. Laxative abuse can result in rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, or constipation without the aid of laxatives.
5. Night eating syndrome: ( http://www.waldeneatingdisorders.com/popular-searches/night-eating-syndrome-nes/ ) from an eating disorder, characterized by a delayed circadian pattern of food intake. ... It differs from binge eating in that the amount of food consumed in the evening/night is not necessarily objectively large nor is a loss of control over food intake required.
6. How to get help: It's easy just look up under google [ insert disorder here ] help, tons of hotlines and ways to help will pop up to help you find the help you need! Hotlines are a great way to start there are also clinics everywhere to treat people struggling with eating disorders.

7. Is there a cure: All eating disorders can be cured in they way of retuning back to normal eating patterns and possibly a more healthy weight if needed. This cure doesn't come in the form of a pill or shot but rather your own will and something that has to be done your self through your own mind set.

8 Who are these disorders affecting: Mainly Women are affected by these disorders how ever it's is still possible to find these in men just not as common. It is found today that more children under the age of ten are developing these disorders. For example a documentary on youtube shows an 8 year old girl in England struggling with anorexia and shows the fact that more young children are developing these disorders.


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