Disorded Eating health assesment: body image

eating disorders

Any eating disorder is any range of physiological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits google definition

An eating disorder is often triggered when someone is in a bad state of mind. Low self esteem can affect how somebody sees themself, and compares their body to somebody else's.

Signs and Symptons Of Commen Eating Disorders

Binge eating is eating in a discrete period of time and eating food that is definitely larger then what most individuals would eat in a small period of time. Here are some of the symptoms of binge eating:

  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney problems or kidney failer
  • Diabetes
  • Low self esteem and embarrassment over physical appearance
  • Feeling extremely distressed, upset and anxious during after a binge episode
  • Self harm or suicide attempts
  • Eating more rapidly then normal
  • Depression
  • Avoiding social situations, particularly those involving food.
  • Guilt, self disgust, self loathing.

Bulimia is an emotional disorder characterised by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating followed by fasting or self-insudesed vomiting or purging.

  • Tooth decay
  • Irregular or slow heartbeat
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Bowel problems, constipation, diareah
  • Fear of disapproval of others if the illness comes known
  • Mood swings, changes in personality, emotional outburst and depression
  • Overly sensitive to references about weight or appereance
  • Frequent trips t the bathroom, ecspecially after eating

Anorexia is an emotional disorder characterised by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

  • Rapid or sudden weight lost
  • Dizziness, fainting, and or fatigue
  • Dry/brittle, hair, skin, nails
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Negative body image
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviours
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Excessive or compulsive excerise patterns
  • Obsessive rituals around food
  • Eating very slowly

Long-term effects of an eating disorder can set in early on and persist until years after the behavior is brought under control. These include: All of the many health risks associated with obesity, such as heart disease, hypertension and stroke. Tooth decay and damage to the esophagus brought about by bulimia.


A person with an eating disorder may show resistance to getting help or to admitting they have a problem. Many people can be ashamed of their eating and/or exercise behaviours and they can have strong fears about people discovering their habits or about being judged. You can help them by remaining supportive, positive and encouraging.You can offer further support by giving the person with the eating disorder the time they need to find and respond to the recovery program that best suits them.

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Prevention Strageties

  • Learn all you can about eating disorders. Genuine awareness will help you avoid judgemental or mistaken attitudes about food, weight, body shape and eating disorders.
  • Avoid categorising food as good/safe vs bad/dangerous.


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