Eating Disorders in People

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Eating Disorders in People

Introduction-

Fondness for food is something that almost all of us can relate to. This fondness often appears in the way we look and lead lives. It is an undisputed fact that “what we eat is what we become”. If we eat healthy foodstuffs, we remain healthy and if we eat junk, we become vulnerable to diseases. There are people who literally love eating so much so that they have to literally vomit forcefully to take that out. Their hunger isn’t suppressed by eating a regular portion of food. I personally feel that “hunger is from mind” which implies that they do not eat much, it is just that their mind prompts hem to eat more than they can. This results in ill effects like diseases, disorders, etc.

Eating disorder is the term coined to refer to refer to the irregular eating habits. Eat disorders may involve excessive or inadequate eating that disturbs an individual’s wellbeing. Most common eating disorders observed in people are Binge Eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, etc. that are observed in both males and females alike. Eating disorders may crop up in an individual at any stage in life but the teenagers and adults are generally more prone to it. Though treatable, but these disorders can develop into serious issues and may eventually lead to other disorders like anxiety and depression.

What causes eating disorders?

Though there are no specific factors or symptoms that may lead to eating disorders, there are number of factors that may contribute to it namely-

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Poor self-image

  • Peer pressure

  • Low confidence

  • Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Genetic factors

  • Childhood traumas like abuse, sexual harassment

  • Stress

These are however the most common factors that contribute to eating disorders, there might be numerous others.

Cure for Eating Disorders-

Though eating disorders are treatable, you might have noticed that the mind of an individual plays a vital role here. Therefore, counseling and monitoring are most important if you look for a cure from these disorders. As it is said, “it all starts with the mind” and starting any treatment with the right mindset helps in a speedy recovery. Though a combination of counseling, medication and therapy is advised to each patient and it then done systematically to uproot it. Like it is mentioned that the other disorders too crop up, medications are given the patients to cope up with the same. Therapy part involves taking the patient out of the childhood traumas to release the resistance in treatment.

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