What are eating disorders?
The majority of people with eating disorders tend to be distressed with concerns of feeling overweight or physically unattractive. Eating disorders have to do with food, weight, vanity, or willpower, but its seriousness consist in that it represents a potential threat to life and to mental health. The majority of eating disorders occur when a person has a negative or distorted self-image, thoughts, and emotions related to the body or persistent erroneous ideas about weight and appearance. This disorder is more common in women than in men. The average age of onset in the disorder is between 18-20 years of age. Anxiety, irritability, or substance abuse problems often accompany this disorder. A person with an eating disorder can go through a wide range of physical and psychological health problems. Eating disorders frequently combine with depression, anxiety, and substance use. Serious consequences to health include severe malnutrition, brain death, and heart or kidney failure.
Symptoms of an eating disorder:
What can I do?
Seek professional help; there are treatments for eating disorders. Look for self-help strategies, read books on self-help and support. Discuss options with a professional.