Out of ALL mental health issues…
EATING DISORDERS HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF MORTALITY!!!…
YES you heard me right…
This is SPECIFICALLY ANOREXIA,
but once diagnosed with one type of eating disorder, you tend to have symptoms and signs of other types of ED.
SO STOP IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!
This one is for you, my friends and loved ones. Please feel free to share and comment below, or on the facebook group with questions, comments, etc.
I find it extremely prevalent to write this one today. With all the new diets coming out, exercise programs, and people struggling out there. My hope is that this can reach at least one person and help. I wish I had caught my struggle when I was at this point…
What is Disordered Eating?
“Disordered eating is a disturbed and unhealthy eating pattern that can include restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals. Disordered eating can start as early as childhood. Disordered eating can include behaviors which reflect many but not all symptoms of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) or Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).”
“Disordered eating behaviors, and in particular dieting are the most common indicators of the development of an eating disorder. Disordered eating can have a destructive impact upon a person’s life and has been linked to a reduced ability to cope with stressful situations. There is also increased incidence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents with disordered eating.”
EXAMPLES OF DISORDERED EATING
Fasting or chronic restrained eating
Unbalanced eating (e.g. restricting major food groups such as “fatty foods” or carbs)
Laxative, enema, diuretic misuse
Steroid and creatine use-supplements designed to enhance athletic performance and enhance physical performance
Using diet pills
Why are diets and disordered eating dangerous?
Dieting is a commonality among many people these days, but it is especially people prevalent to ED.
Severely restricting the amount of food you eat IS SO DANGEROUS!!! When the body is starved of food it responds by reducing the rate at which it burns energy (the metabolic rate), this can result in overeating and binge eating behaviors!!! This in turn can lead to weight gain and obesity, because the body is going into “storing mode.”
Feelings of guilt, being a failure, and shame are common in people who engage in disordered eating. These feelings can arise as a result of binge eating, ‘breaking’ a diet, or weight gain.
A person with disordered eating behaviors may start to isolate themselves for fear of socializing in situations where people will be seeing them in certain clothes, eating in public, and general social anxiety. This can contribute to low self esteem and significant emotional impairment.
Research shows that 1/3 to 2/3 of people that diet regularly end up gaining back all of the weight and gain some within the next five years. Diets and “fad diets ” do not take people’s individual nutritional requirements into consideration. This leads to significant mood changes, hunger, lacking in energy, and developing poor health.
The risks associated with disordered eating are severe. People with disordered eating may experience:
A clinical eating disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating or Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED))
Osteoporosis – a condition that leads to bones becoming fragile and easily fractured
Fatigue and poor sleep quality
Constipation and/or diarrhoea
Is it possible to change disordered eating and dieting behavior?
Yes. It is possible to change eating behavior, even if you have been engaging in disordered eating and dieting for many years. With the right support and treatment and a high level of personal commitment your body can learn to function to its full capacity again. Generally your general doctor will be a good ‘first base.’ Finding someone specializing in health, nutrition, and Eating Disorders is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
If someone you know is thinking they are having a problem, feel free to reach out to me. Below are other links to look at, and the one I referenced for this blog post.