Eating disorders are something everyone should worry about. The problem is increasing dramatically in recent years.
Teenagers are generally the age group with the highest number of eating disorders. However, recent reports show that this self-destructive habit has become an issue at any age.
Eating disorders can be classified in two different ways: starvation and overeating. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia lead to severe weight loss. People, generally women, starve themselves, abusing laxatives and fat burners or exercising to dangerous extremes. On the other side, binge eating can lead to obesity and several health problems.
It creates opposite results but the main problem is the same: lack of self-control and inability to eat properly.
What can be done if a new eating disorder is affecting you, a family member or a friend?
First, identify it. Understanding the problem is the most important part of the plan. Significant weight loss/gain is the first sign. Compulsive eating, snacking frequently, skipping meals and refusing to eat are common signs of a problematic diet.
Second, plan it. Come up with new ideas; for example, organize a “meal schedule”. Read about it. Be aware of problems and consequences of eating disorders.
Finally take action. Don’t let the problem reach an extreme level. The longer you wait to take action, the slower the recovery process will be.
Shakes and nutritional bars can be useful to enhance appetite. Anorexia is often a psychological problem and help may be needed to prevent depression and anger. Overeating can be prevented with appetite suppressants and healthy snacks. Exercise in moderation may help as well.
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