Eating disorders affect millions of people around the world, especially young women, but there are also cases of men. These conditions occur when a person does not get the calorie amount needed by their body to function normally. This illness is difficult to treat and is detected belatedly by family and friends.
The causes are not well defined, as these kind of diseases depend on the cultural and family environment, however, the greater difficulties are facing inner conflicts and the influences that derive an eating disorder within each person.
The main eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia:
Anorexia is the conscious reduction of food intake, not for lack of appetite, but by excessive worry of not gaining weight or reducing it.
– Denial of hazards by weight decreasing.
– Loss of at least 25% of body weight.
– Refusal to maintain a healthy minimum weight.
Bulimia is distinguished by the excessive consumption of food, to the extent that the patient feels guilty and tries to compensate it by using dangerous methods such as self-induced vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise or prolonged fasting.
– Eating a large amount of food within a short time.
– Lack of control over eating.
The persons who suffer this kind of illness are constantly thinking about how much they are eating, and are obsessively watching over their physical appearance, to the extent that their mind completely distorts their body shape and it doesn’t match with the real one. Often the fear of gaining weight occurs when the body shape does not match the “standard” of beauty created by media and culture.
Adverse physical effects are diverse, such as malnutrition, physiological imbalances, arrhythmias, poor blood flow and low blood pressure. For induction of vomiting, it can cause pancreatitis, oesophagitis, gastrointestinal bleeding among others.
There is a high rate of deaths due to problems related to these disorders, do not miss more time and contact us to fight this terrible condition.