Eating Disorders

Learning about eating disorders is the first step toward recognizing and combating eating disorders

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is considered a psychological problem. It involves an unhealthy obsession with food, whether the obsession is limiting intake, or whether the food obsession involves over-indulging regularly. The most common eating disorders are linked with body image, and most teens with eating disorders feel that they must take drastic measures to lose weight.

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The three most common teen eating disorders are:

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. The drive to become thinner is thought to be secondary to concerns about control and fears relating to one’s body. The individual continues the endless cycle of restrictive eating, often to a point close to starvation. This becomes an obsession and is similar to an addiction to a drug. Anorexia can be life-threatening.
People with bulimia may secretly binge, eating large amounts of food, and then purge, trying to get rid of the extra calories in an unhealthy way.
When you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.

Harmful side effects associated with teen eating disorders may include:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Brittle Bones
  • Iron deficiency and lack of other nutrients
  • Hair Loss
  • The desire to become thin outweighs healthy decisions
  • Gastric complications
  • Chronic Ulcers
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Heart Disease

It is important to recognize that preventing eating disorders involves compassion and understanding. You can develop healthy attitudes about proper nutrition, appropriate exercise and acceptance of yourself and your body by good eating habits. Additionally, nurturing your self-esteem and avoiding comments about weight can help prevent an eating disorder.

You should not change yourself for someone else because of their comments or suggestions. Even if and when you need to loose weight, you must do so with healthier attitudes and ways rather than by punishing the body.

You were born with your own uniqueness.
Although you have a body, YOU are not your body.
Who you are (the person inside your body) is beautiful and lovely.

We can help you discover your true beauty and assist you in bringing out the best of you. Isn’t it time to begin loving yourself emotionally and physically? It is about time to nurture and become healthier than ever before!