Eating Disorders: Are disturbances in eating behaviors and weight regulations. They are emotional and physical problems that can lead up to life threatening consequences for females and males.
The National Institute of Mental Health
The most common eating disorders are:
- Bulimia Nervosa: is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the cycle of bingeing and purging (self-induced vomiting) behaviors that can lead up to medical complications.
- Anorexia Nervosa: is a serious and life-threatening disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
- Binge–Eating Disorder: characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, quite often to the point of discomfort.
Here’s a brief overview of what ED statistics:
It’s NOT About the FOOD!
One of the biggest truths I learned while in rehab was: It’s Not About the FOOD! I’ve encountered people who don’t really understand the depth and gravity of the situation and believe it’s just a matter of “wanting to be skinny”. But what does skinny entail? Society has led us to believe that loosing weight and being skinny should be one of the biggest goals in life. We start to believe that being skinny is perfection and with being skinny comes success, friends, partners and jobs……a perfect life. We allow our minds to believe that the numbers on the scale determine the level of goodness in our lives.
But it isn’t just about being skinny. Many people struggling with eating behaviors dive into bad habits due to emotional and unresolved issues. I know this by experience. In the midst of a dysfunctional family, constant fighting and being criticized and unresolved scars from a sexual abuse, I felt no control over my life. So what control did I have?…. EATING. I could control my bingeing and purging, thinking I was gaining control, escaping from my problems, but actually, I was giving all my control to a self-destructing, life-threatening behavior.
To learn more about Eating disorders I encourage you to visit: thttps://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/general-information