Those with eating disorders anorexia constantly try to keep their body weight as low as they can. As with most eating Disorders; this is often done through not eating much or at all and over-exercising.
People with anorexia can become dangerously ill. They begin to starve. They will often carry a distorted view of their own bodies and will still think that they’re fat. Even when at a dangerously low level of body fat.
Anyone can develop anorexia. But it’s most commonly found in teenage and younger women. The effects caused by starvation can be irreversible. With anorexia carrying a real risk of death. Potential long-term health problems associated with the disorder include infertility, brain damage, and heart attacks.
If the condition remains untreated for an extended period of time, Then there’s an increased chance of severe long-term risks. Even life-threatening health problems. Becoming a major issue for the sufferer.
Bulimia affects people in a way that makes them obsessively and drastically attempt to lose weight. This following periods of binge eating.
Those with bulimia often make themselves vomit. They take laxatives, and carry out an excessive amount of exercise in order to prevent weight gain. Again this is a condition that can affect men and women of all ages. But is most common among younger women.
Those with bulimia might eventually see various health problems develop. This is due to a lack of nutrients over an extended period of time.
These can be anything from tiredness. dental problems. Also from regular vomiting, irregular periods,. Also dry skin, brittle and weak fingernails, fits. With various organ problems, and bone issues.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, involves the out-of-control consumption of large amounts of food. Sometimes until the person is full to an uncomfortable level. These binges can be planned in advance almost like a ritual. With particular foods bought especially. This often has the effect of making the person feel guilty, shameful and disgusted after the binge.
All types of people suffer from this disorder, with symptoms most typically found in late teenagers or those in their early twenties.
BED is not at all about eating big portions of food, and sufferers often find the binges incredibly distressing with it being difficult to stop eating during a binge.
Some people with the condition have described themselves as feeling detached from the process throughout a binge. In a few cases not being able to later remember what they have eaten.
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders
People are diagnosed with Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OFSED) . When their symptoms don’t match with the psychological, behavioural, and physical symptoms. Like bulimia, anorexia, and BED carry respectively.
OFSED is a serious condition too, accounting for a large number of diagnosed eating disorders. Those with the condition might try to hide the extent of their illness. Most of the symptoms expected in bulimia, anorexia, and BED can be found if someone suffering with OFSED. Carrying all of the associated risks these disorders bring.
OFSED: is used to describe several eating disorders, such as:
Purging disorder is a recently recognised eating disorder where people, who have a normal or lower than average weight. They purge following eating rather than with bulimia where people binge-eat before purging. People who suffer from purging disorder do not binge.
Night Eating Syndrome
Night eating syndrome is where the individual consumes a disproportionate amount of food in the evening or at nighttime. The amount of food eaten doesn’t have to be a large amount, nor does it require a loss of control. Sufferers aren’t necessarily binge eaters (although they often can be).
Those who have night eating syndrome can often be overweight or obese.
Someone with atypical anorexia has many of the same symptoms as the anorexia sufferer,. Without the same level of weight loss and can have a healthy weight. A person who is struggling with atypical anorexia might show an extreme fear that they are overweight. Hence resorting to abnormal and irregular feeding and eating behaviour.
This can lead to excessive calorie counting, changes in behaviour with regards to mealtimes and social occasions involving food, and increased secrecy surrounding their eating behaviour.
Eating disorders affect people of all descriptions
If you, or the people around you, are concerned that you carry any kind of unhealthy relationship with food that has an impact on your eating habits, then you might have an eating disorder.
You can call our hotline at 0800 1182892 for a strictly confidential chat with one of our friendly and experienced team, who will offer further guidance, information, and advice at no cost to you.
How Eating Disorders Develop
When someone develops a problem with food, it is because they use it to cope with various problems and issues in their lives. People use what they believe is their control over food when they are lonely, sad, ashamed of something, bored, angry, isolated or angry. They use their eating disorder as a way of dealing with emotions and feelings, sometimes without even realising it. Food is a very important part of our daily lives and we all know that we need to eat but for some people their eating patterns become damaging.
Eating Disorder Rehab
This is when you need to get help before it becomes too late. Sadly, it is not uncommon for people with eating disorders to have major health problems that can even lead to fatal consequences. We have specialised treatment centres that can give you the right support and treatment for your specific need.
Sometimes the realisation of an eating disorder can make you feel ashamed and sad. A problem with food can make you feel like you are on your own but this is an important time to seek help and talk to someone who you can trust. All our counsellors are highly qualified in this field and you can speak to any of them in complete confidence. They can advise you on what type of treatment would be best suited for you and help guide you to making the right choice of treatment centre for your specific needs. We only give impartial advice and will only help you make a choice that is best suited to your specific needs.
Bad Eating Habits
Lots of people experiment with food and eating habits during their life. Whether you decide to be a vegetarian or change your diet for a healthy eating plan. But your eating habits become a problem when you use it to deal with painful situations, feelings and emotions. Some people even use their eating disorder as a way of dealing with stress. Usually an eating disorder is made up from a combination of things affecting someone’s life. They believe they cannot cope with certain situations, feelings and emotions but this can change if you seek the right help and support on how you deal with these emotions and feelings. You can recover from an eating disorder but only if you seek help and support.
Counselling for an Eating Disorder
You can’t do this on your own and we can give you free impartial advise and support – we will help you get through this. Low self esteem, lack of confidence, relationships, problems in work or with friends, problems with school, college and universities, sexual or physical abuse are all important factors that can trigger an eating order. Sometimes it can just be the fact that someone feels fat or ugly and their feelings of not being good enough can lead to a problem with food which can develop into a dangerous eating disorder. Sadly it can take a long time before you seek help and realise that you have lost control over food. As soon as you can acknowledge you have a problem with food, you can then seek help and treatment for your disorder.
Eating Disorders can Affect Everyone
Eating disorders aren’t just confined to young girls; young men can suffer from this problem too. It can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, culture. It will also affect family members and friends of the person suffering from an eating disorder. Once you realise that your eating disorder has taken control over your life, you need to seek help and get the support that is needed for you, your family and friends – please call us now and seek the help that you need.
We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation