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How to Identify an Eating Disorder

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments at 9:47 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
OvereatingEating 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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4 Responses to “How to Identify an Eating Disorder”

  1. Heather says:

    Thanks for the info. good to know!

  2. Jackknife says:

    America is over weight, its disgusting, these people need to change

  3. Christine says:

    I sure have an eating disorder:(

  4. denise says:

    America is over weight, but we have to be sure we don’t look at people who are with a attitude of disgust. I would say they have enough problems to deal with and they don’t need to be looked down at. It could have been a Parent who made them that way or life just pasted by and one day you wake up and find yourself in trouble. No one that I know of who is overweight WANTS TO BE. That includes me. I work at it everyday and I am sure millions of others do the same. It is sites like these that offer help and suggestions for people looking to make change. Some will never but for those of us looking to change, THANK YOU LUCKY VITAMIN FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE ON YOUR SITE. and the non judgemental comments and attitude that I get from reading your wonderful blogs.

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