What is an Eating Disorder

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The term eating disorder is a broad label for a number of problems we face with food in our society. While many of us slip into overeating or comfort eating, for some the problem goes to life-threatening extremes.

In both anorexia nervosa and bulimia, there is a deep fear of being overweight that leads to an obsession about restricting the number of calories the person is taking in. This leads to an extreme state of starvation, which in turn has a number of effects on the body’s functions and hormone production.

More complicated in bulimia, the person still finds comfort in the feeling of being full, but dreads taking on the extra calories. This is when they may self-induce vomiting, causing long-term issues for the throat and teeth, as well as psychological problems.

Behaviour common in those affected by eating disorders includes:

  • ·         Mentally keeping a balance between calories taken in and calories used up
  • ·         Deep-seated feelings of anxiety if they consume a few calories too many
  • ·         Self-loathing, depression or panic if they haven’t lost any weight or put a little on, despite their best efforts

Many anorexics and bulimics have researched the issue of diet quite deeply and know the damage they are doing to themselves but are still unable to stop, making the feelings of despair and self-loathing even worse, which in turn causes their condition to continue.


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"I had no outstanding family position and felt as if I had no outstanding trait among my peers. I was in competition with them to be thin, smart, popular. This was the beginning of my anorexia."

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