by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
The term eating disorder used to be closely associated with the fashion industry. In the early nineties, pencil-thin models began appearing in the major fashion shows around the world and on billboards and magazine covers.
What seems to be just a harmless trend soon became a public concern. It wasn’t only the appearance of the models per se but the effect of these glamorous advertisements featuring emaciated cover girls that got the public going.
The increasing number of people with eating disorder has been largely blamed on the media. Whatever the case maybe, eating disorder is not as simple as young girls and women aiming to have an impossibly perfectly thin body. Each sufferer, of course, is a different case.
One of the most popular eating disorder is anorexia nervosa. A person suffering from anorexia deliberately skip meals to lose weight or to avoid adding on weight.
In some serious cases, the person might even desist from taking in solid foods and subsist only on fluids in order to feel full.
Anorexia sufferers have often told that they feel a certain amount of pride in being able to reject what is naturally needed by the body. It is as if by shunning food they are able to control a part of their lives, which, for them is an achievement in itself.
Another form of eating disorder is bulimia nervosa. The difference with this eating disorder is that the person may take in food or even indulge in binging but purges them eventually by induced vomiting.
These two eating disorders are closely related to body dimorphic disorder, a disease wherein the person is perpetually dissatisfied with his body image, resulting in most cases, extreme dieting or excessive exercising.
But eating disorders are not just about resisting food. Those who are emotional eaters are also most likely to have an eating disorder as well. In this case, the person uses food to give himself or herself comfort from whatever that’s bothering him or her emotionally or psychologically.
This usually triggers food binging, which is the large in take of food for short amount of time. Those who suffer from this have described the feeling as stuffing a seemingly bottomless well. But food binging comes not without guilt, which is usually felt right after doing the deed.
There are also those who are simply addicted to food. They get an immense rush every time they eat and so they constantly crave for food. This particular eating disorder usually results to being overweight and other complications pertaining to obesity.
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