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Eating Disorder — The Untold Story

The pressure to be slim by any means possible is real. With the increasing promotion of the ideal body image, the race to a thinner body is on. From surgery to slimming pills and fad diets, and an unspoken secret: eating disorders.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are three main types of eating disorders. Bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Anorexia is extremely underweight caused by food restriction. Some people with anorexia can vomit after eating.

Bulimia is episodes of binge eating with compensatory steps to prevent weight gain. Vomiting is the most common symptom. It may also be an abuse of laxatives, extended fasting, or excessive physical activity.

Binge eating episodes are a lack of control over food intake. Unlike bulimia with no compensatory behaviors. Episodes are often associated with feelings of shame, abhorrence, and suicidal ideation. In certain people, eating disorders is the cause of obesity.

Causes of Eating Disorder

There are a variety of causes of eating disorders, depending on the type. Anorexia and bulimia develop during puberty, while binge eating is more common in adults. The route cause is likely one or more of these:

  • Dissatisfaction with body image
  • Derogatory and hurtful comments
  • Need for control when life becomes uncontrollable
  • Emotional trauma

Private Pain

Having an eating disorder is an isolating thing to live with. It is not always noticeable to the people around you. Unable to seek support and in the same fashion, unable to cope with the stresses. The strong desire to be free may go on for weeks, months, or even years without freedom as a viable choice.

Eating disorders can be difficult to handle. Fear of humiliation or being misunderstood brings isolation. Yet, unable to cope with the pressures, finding help becomes a long shot.

Getting Help

Getting help is the first step to healing. You cannot do this alone. Have the courage to express your pain to someone who will listen understand and support you. Believe that sharing what you are going through with a loved one will help you in the long run. Even if it means confronting the reality of your situation.

Once you’ve been able to let the cat out of the bag, it’s time to seek professional help. Eating disorders are treatable. If you believe you are suffering from an eating disorder, the best thing you can do is seek therapy. Your doctor can recommend a therapist who specializes in treating eating disorders. You should not have to give up your livelihood because of an eating disorder.

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Disclaimer: All the information and media published on the website is to provide information. It is not meant to replace licensed medical advice and is not health or personal advice. Please contact your doctor if you have any health conditions.

Final Thoughts

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Find the confidence to speak to someone who cares for you and wants to help you. Then seek professional help from a licensed therapist who specializes in eating disorders therapy. Accept change and accept that it is a process. It won't be instantaneous healing, but it will be a step in the right direction.

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