About a year ago I wrote a blog post with this title, though it had very little to do with Eating Disorders in a helpful way and the fact that I get hits on the title almost daily I feel really bad about that.
I am not sure who is looking, or what they are looking for, but you are welcome to ask questions… maybe I can put my psychology degree to good use.
There are three types of eating disorders;
Bulimia: Is characterized by binge eating and purging. Often those with bulimia have a BMI that is average making it very difficult to recognize there is a problem. Hiding food is extremely common.
Anorexia nervosa: Is characterized by extreme weight loss, distorted self image, obsession with food, in females amenorrhea can occur (lack of menstruation), those suffering from anorexia nervosa also purge. The risk of death is much higher with Anorexia nervosa.
Binge eating disorder: (which is a new classification) characterized by episodes of excessive calorie intake as a means to suppress emotions.
If you suspect someone has an eating disorder I would suggest reaching out to a professional http://www.remudaranch.com/ might be a great place to start.
There are many beliefs as to why eating disorders occur, but typically all types are attempting to gain control of something in their lives.
It is highly unlikely, if not impossible that the disorders will change on their own. Professional help is the best (only) option. Even then it will be a lifelong battle, because it is a mental illness. Stay calm, stay positive, this can be overcome… it just takes work.
Please feel free to share your stories.
IF YOU HAVE AN EATING DISORDER AND HAVE ENDED UP HERE, YOU RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR STORY, BUT YOU MUST TELL SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU NEED HELP.