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Eating disorders… how many people do you think are affected by one or more eating disorders in their entire life? How many types of eating disorders?
How many people are affected by one or more eating disorders in their lifetime?
In the United States only, around 20 million women and 10 million men have or have had an eating disorder at some point in their life. Just alone in the United States, imagine the numbers for the entire world.
Eating disorders are a variety of psychological conditions that cause a person to develop unhealthy eating habits. These unhealthy habits can begin when a person becomes obsessed with food, body weight, or the shape of their body. Eating disorders can lead to serious health consequences and can result in death.
Eating disorders can affect all people, but is more prevalent among young women.
How many types of eating disorders are there?
There are numerous types of eating disorders, but we will only cover the most common.
- Anorexia Nervosa
- This is the most known eating disorder. This usually develops during our adolescence and young adult hood. We fall into this group!
- It also tends to affect more women then men. Though the number of men can be higher since some men may not feel comfortable sharing. This also can be the case for some women.
- Common Symptoms:
- Being considerably underweight compared to others the same age and height.
- Restricted eating patterns.
- Fear of gaining weight. Behaviors to avoid gaining weight, despite being underweight, is another symptom.
- Obsessive Compulsive symptoms: Many people with anorexia also show signs of obsessive compulsive symptoms. This is shown with people constantly thinking about food.
- May have difficulty eating in public
- Bulimia Nervosa
- People with bulimia nervosa eat large amount of food and then purge. They are in constant fear of gaining weight though they may be in good weight or low in weight.
- This just like anorexia develops during adolescence and early adulthood. And is also more common with women than men.
- People can binge on any food, but is usually food the individual usually avoids eating.
- Side affects of bulimia are: inflamed throat, swollen salivary glands, worn tooth enamel, tooth decay, acid reflex, dehydration, and more.
- Common Symptoms:
- Purging to prevent weight gain
- Self-esteem influenced by body shape and weight
- Fear of gaining weight, despite having normal weight or low in weight.
- Binge Eating Disorder
- People with binge eating disorder is similar to bulimia. The difference is that people who binge do not purge.
- They tend to eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, and they feel they do not have control in their food intake during binges.
- Common Symptoms:
- Eating large amounts of food fast, until they are uncomfortably full, even if they are not hungry. This is done in secret.
- Feeling a lack of control during episodes of binge eating.
- Feeling: distress, shame, disgust, guilt,
- They do not purge or use other forms of restricting calories. People who purge are often obese or overweight.
Eating disorders are mental health conditions that need professional treatment. If left untreated it can lead to damaging your body.
The information shared was to inform you all of the three most common eating disorders. If you or someone you know has an eating disorder seek help from a health practitioner that specializes in eating disorders.
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