‘I can binge-eat pizza all day’ or ‘You have lost so much weight, you look anorexic!’ – haven’t we heard these comments quite often or are even guilty of passing them? Eating disorders may be treated casually but they can be as serious as any other ailment. They comprise of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Eating disorders are often neglected as a state of mind but they may actually be related to depression, anxiety and emotional instability. They can have long-term health consequences if left untreated. Some of the most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder which can result in extreme emotional uheaval, uncontrollable attitude, and aggressive behaviour. Here is a list of eating disorders you should know about and symptoms to spot them.
People suffering with anorexia live under the constant fear of gaining weight, when they actually happen to be underweight. They tend to diet relentlessly to a point of starvation. Their distorted body image makes them believe that they are overweight or are constantly putting on weight. Some of them may also become obsessive about counting calories and portion control. If not treated in time, anorexia may lead to organ failure and malnutrition.
Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa
1. Dramatic weight loss. Anorexics are usually underweight.
2. Obsessed with dieting and counting calories
3. Skipping meals regularly
4. Refusal to eat certain foods, such as carbs or fats
5. Exercising excessively
6. Worrying about being “fat”, intense fear of weight gain
7. Disturbed menstrual cycle
8 Frequent constipation or stomach ache
9. Low self-esteem…