Most people might have heard of eating disorders. However, we might often have a somewhat inaccurate understanding of what these are all about and how they affect people. One of the most common misconceptions is that eating disorders stem from a person’s aversion to food. However, this is not always the case. Most eating disorders derive from a complex network of issues, ranging from psychological (self-image issues, anxiety, depression) to physical and more.

Another common misconception is that only women are affected by eating disorders. This is quite inaccurate. The number of females affected by such issues is indeed larger. Still, the portion of males affected by eating disorders is just as significant, with over 10 million male individuals being affected by eating disorders in the United States alone. People of all ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds might be affected by eating disorders.

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Here are some of the most common eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa

As one of the most common eating disorders, anorexia nervosa affects millions of individuals around the world. Symptoms often include extreme fear of weight gain and the skewed perception of their body image. For instance, a subject with anorexia nervosa might feel fat, despite the contrary being true. Most of the people affected by anorexia nervosa appear to have a bodyweight level below minimal normal recommendations. However, it is not always the case since it is difficult to diagnose anorexia nervosa based on appearance alone.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is different than anorexia in the way that it is not a refusal to intake food but rather a pattern of excessive eating followed by “compulsory” actions, such as vomiting or taking laxatives and other medications. Most bulimic people do this at least once a week and are often unable to control their urge to eat larger amounts of food.

Binge Eating Disorder and Purging.

Also known as BED, this eating disorder is the most widespread. It might often be misdiagnosed as bulimia, but it differs because a binge eating disorder will not necessarily trigger a compulsory action or altered body shape perceptions. BED can sometimes be linked with anxiety, stress, mood swings, and other emotional or even hormonal factors. While the binge eating disorder doesn’t involve compensatory behavior to lose the perceived weight gain from the food consumed, the opposite is true for purging disorder, which essentially consists of all the purging behavior and self-image misrepresentation, minus the binge eating.

Read below about what to do if you suspect you are suffering from an eating disorder.

Do you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from an Eating Disorder? You are not alone.

If you are experiencing an eating disorder or know someone who does, don’t be afraid to talk about it and seek help as soon as possible. Monitoring eating habits and lifestyle patterns can be critical as a way to cope with the issue and help patients overcome it. Many healthcare professionals and organizations are equipped to provide ongoing support and assistance.If you or a loved one displays symptoms or characteristics of an eating disorder, do not hesitate to reach out to us for help.

Without help and proper intervention and treatment, eating disorders can become very life threatening.

You deserve to get help, and your body deserves to heal. Taking care of yourself is important.

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