This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart. I was almost anorexic back in high school losing 60 lbs in 6 months. My weight before was 148, at age 13 and at 5 feet I did not carry my weight well. I was teased, laughed at and bullied. This was at a very fragile time in a young girl’s life where I wanted to be accepted and felt I was completely ostracized. I thought about suicide, I thought about taking pills and overdosing but I knew that wasn’t the answer. But neither was the downward spiral I had with food. It was a dark time, though I excelled at school (honors and high honors) mainly because all I did was exercise and study to keep my mind off of food. I felt if I was out with friends I would be succumbed to eating and that I would go back to that horrible fat girl.
Luckily my parents started noticing the drastic weight loss and took me to the doctor for a “check up” where I was diagnosed borderline anorexic. It was a wake up call for all of us. After that, I started eating more but remembered the weight I had put back on my junior and senior year, it wasn’t healthy weight either. I struggled with my weight and food all my life and still do. I wish I could say that even though I eat healthy, that all is well, but I have an awful relationship with food. I find myself regretting my “cheat meals”, not enjoying the foods but merely eating to survive. I wrestle with that all the time and know I should just enjoy – I am slowly getting better at it. And my weight, well I have come to terms with the body I have and how far I have come in my life. It is more how you feel than you look. All of what I was (and still am) going through are signs for eating disorders. People tend to just associate eating disorders as what girls go through in high school, college or as models. Though majority of them are women in college, there are so many more people (women and men) who are affected by this disease. Here are the important facts about eating disorders.
Various types of eating disorders
There are 3 main eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, Bulimia Nervosa, the act of binge eating then purging or vomiting, and Binge Eating Disorder, eating until uncomfortably full in one sitting
Anorexia/Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
Anorexia can have major affect on the heart, productivity as your period stops and puts so much stress on the body and organs.
Not just women’s disorder
Men are often the least diagnosed of those with eating disorders. This disease affects both genders equally as both tend to feel pressure to look good.
Starts as young as puberty
As I did, this disease strikes people at a young age. This is a hard time to cope with growing up and all the changes that are happening
This disease is prevalent in those with low self-esteem
In addition with all the changes going on, those with low self esteem tend to have a harder time to cope and therefor control their eating as a mechanism
Affects many in college
An estimated 25% of college-age girls resort to bingeing and purging to manage their weight. 58% of the studied girls felt social pressure to maintain a certain size.
Causes are mainly psychological not physical
Sure that person wants to look like a model or fit in, but there is usually an underlying issue caused by coping skills, control issues, trauma, family trouble, or social issues. It can also be genetic.
There is help and recovery
If you or you know someone who is going through an eating disorder, you are not alone. There is an organization National Eating Disorders that offer help and support to those who are directly or indirectly affected. Click here for more information. Also I have donated to this charity on my own and have decided to put 3% of each purchase of my products on my site towards this wonderful organization.
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