People are influenced by societies expectations of what a person should look like. Most of the expectations put forth by the media are not realistic and people strive to accomplish a look which is unattainable. Some people attempt to reach their perfect body image by different methods including bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and purging. These weight loss methods are not healthy for any person and should be treated when discovered. Here are some facts about eating disorders; some of these are true and others are false. See if you already knew some of these facts:
- Only females have eating disorders.
False: This is not so, 1 in 10 men are affected by eating disorders. It is just that women are more commonly seen with eating disorders.
- Eating Disorders can be overcome with perseverance it does not have to be a life time struggle.
True: Although people who suffer from eating disorders still think about losing weight and food this does not stop them from being able to fight through this mental illness and learn to live a better healthier life. People who suffer from eating disorders eventually learn to value their life and slowly minimize their obsession on their body.
- Bulimia is a good way to lose weight.
False: After binge eating bulimics do whatever they can to eliminate the food from their system. They may vomit, use laxatives or do excessive exercise but this is not effective. The food remains in the system and all that is being eliminated is fluids therefore bulimics may lose weight at first but eventually they gain all the weight back and sometimes even more.
- A person cannot die from bulimia.
False: Although it is more common to hear of a person dying of anorexia, bulimic people are still at high risk of sudden death. Purging, laxatives and excessive exercise all can increase your risk of death due to the impact it has on your heart.
- Repeated weight-loss dieting impairs permanent weight control.
True: The constant yo-yo of a person’s weight does not benefit their body. If a person drops a significant amount of weight in a short period of time it may remain of but within the year it will be regained and more will come with it.
- Eating disorders are about appearance and beauty.
False: Many people assume since people are hoping to reach a goal weight that it is simply about their appearance but it is a mental illness. The reason for this is even when a person has reached their “target weight” they are still unable to feel happy and continue. This emotional illness has more to do with low self-esteem and control.
- You can’t suffer from more than one eating disorder.
False: Bulimarexia is referred to individuals who alternate being anorexic and bulimic. It is noted that although these two eating disorders can occur independently almost half of all anorexics become bulimic.
- Compulsive overeating is as serious a problem as anorexia or bulimia.
True: Compulsive overeating is as bad as bulimia or anorexia because this can lead to many different health issues. With consent overeating a person can eventually suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even depression.
- Kids under age 15 are too young to have an eating disorder.
False: Shockingly children as early as 7 or 8 years old have been diagnosed with eating disorders. Although they may start this early they are usually not really noted until mid to late teens. For people suffering from anorexia the common age is 17 years old and for people suffering from bulimia is at the age of mid to late teens. Although they may be diagnosed by this age they often do not get treatment until their 30’s or 40’s.
- People with eating disorders do not eat candy or junk food of any kind.
False: Surprisingly people with eating disorders commonly indulge in junk food as a way to increase their energy. Also since their bodies are not getting the nutrients they need, the body can crave for certain ingredients such as sodium therefore the person eats chips to fill the salty void their body desires.