In pursuit of the elusive ‘perfect’ body, many women and an increasing number of men chronically restrict their diet and engage in various weight-loss efforts. Sometimes, such engagements may lead to eating disorders. Eating disorders describe arising illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disorders may include inadequate or excessive food intake, which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Such individual will typically have an:
Obsessive fear of gaining weight
Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
An unrealistic perception of body image
Many people with Anorexia Nervosa will fiercely limit the quantity of food they consume and view themselves as overweight, even when they are clearly underweight. Men and women who suffer from Bulimia may fear weight gain and feel severely unhappy with their body size and shape. Eating Disorders are complex and are influenced by a number of factors. Some of the factors may include:
Irregular hormone functions
Negative body image
Dysfunctional family dynamics
Depending upon the severity and complexities of eating disorders, a comprehensive and professional treatment team specializing in eating disorders is often required in healing and recovery. Treatment for an eating disorder usually needs consultation with medical doctors, nutritionists, and therapists for complete care.
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