Eating Disorders - Address Control Issues and Struggles

eating-disordersThe three most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating. Eating disorders usually appear with other illnesses such as depression or anxiety, and tie into a fear of gaining weight and a great disdain for one’s own perception of his or her body. An eating disorder becomes apparent when an individual can no longer control his or her eating habits. Anorexia and binge-eating are on opposite sides, where those with anorexia aren’t eating enough and those who binge-eat are eating far too much. Bulimia includes binge-eating, but the overeating is followed by a means of cancelling out the great intake of food such as forced vomiting, use of laxatives, and/or fasting.

Eating disorders affect one’s body in more ways than just body weight. Anorexia can lead to the thinning of bones and muscle weakness especially the heart. Patients diagnosed with anorexia have also been found to have low blood pressure and heart damage, which can lead to brain damage. Because bulimic individuals are frequently purging their body of what they have recently ingested, they face severe dehydration as well as an electrolyte imbalance which can lead to heart attacks. Binge-eating also has negative outcomes like anorexia and bulimia. Binge-eating often leads to obesity, which includes a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.