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Eating disorders might be one of our society's biggest problems because of our unusual eating activities. This type of individual needs to involve themselves in social activities, have information about a healthy diet and get urgent treatment from a counselor.

Awareness campaigns can help people to get early diagnosis and treatment. Some people might don't know about their eating disorders. After consistently unusual eating activities, they will have serious health issues and even get hit by severe depression.

Eating disorders can't go away without any actionable plan and effort. It will get worse in health after some years. It'll be dangerous when you get some extra pounds and can't be able to live a healthy life. It would be best to have an expert counselor's advice for an actionable plan to overcome this eating disorder habit.

What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is a psychological condition that affects dietary behaviors, exercise and body image and leads to an unhealthy relationship with food.

An eating disorder is remarked by persistent changes in dietary patterns and consumption that then impairs the physical, social, and psychological health of the person. It also greatly jeopardizes their well-being. In some cases, an eating disorder can be fatal as well. While anyone can develop an eating disorder, young women and girls are more at risk. According to Vogue, 1 in every 4 female students in UAE affect by an eating disorder.

What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?

There are different eating disorder types that affect people of all age groups. The main categories include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder
  • Binge eating disorder (BED)
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Other specified and eating disorder (OSFED)
  • Pica
  • Rumination disorder

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a condition remarked by starvation and extreme fixation on body size. People see themselves to be overweight, even when that is not the case. Consequently, they cut back on their food consumption and exercise a lot, alongside keeping a careful eye on their weight.

People with this disorder generally tend to be underweight, dangerously so. Hence, the mortality rate for anorexia nervosa runs high.

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Consumption of a restrictive diet that leads to problems like dizziness, muscular weakness, nutritional deficiencies, constipation, osteoporosis, etc.
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Extreme fear of gaining weight
  • Fixation on having a thin figure
  • Low self-esteem, depression, irritable disposition, and anxiety

What is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?

In avoidant restrictive eating disorders, people do not eat food because of a lack of interest in food, fear of food, and an extremely picky nature. The site of food, color, texture, temperature, and smell may cause people to turn away from it. AFRID causes severe nutritional deficiencies in patients, which can also be fatal.

Unlike anorexia and bulimia, the lack of dietary intake does have to do with body image issues. The situation is direr than picky eating. Also, in ARFID, access to food is not the reason for the lack of food intake.

Signs of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder include:

  • Anxiety related to food consumption
  • Food interfering with social commitments
  • Lack of interest in food, in fact, going to lengths to avoid it
  • Low appetite
  • Need for a feeding tube
  • Weight loss

What is a Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder causes people to consume large amounts of food in a small time. The eating episodes are often on account of loss of impulse control, and people then give in to their desires.

People experience extreme guilt and stress after binge eating, however, they do not take any steps to undo the food consumed. Consequently, binge eating disorder causes obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, etc.

Signs of binge eating disorder include:

  • Consuming food even when not hungry
  • Eating beyond what is required
  • Experiencing guilt about eating too much
  • Having a fast-eating pace
  • Preferring to eat alone due to embarrassment about the quantity of food

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

People with bulimia nervosa alternate between restrictive eating, and consumption of calorie-intensive food with intense shame afterward, causing them to take steps to avoid calorie absorption.

Essentially, people with bulimia eat too much of the forbidden foods and then feel extreme guilt. They then either use laxatives or coercive methods to vomit. Some might also fast or compulsively exercise to make up for it.

Signs of bulimia nervosa include:

  • Binge eating
  • Dental problems
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Going to the bathroom after eating
  • Sore throat
  • Use of laxatives or similar pills

What is Pica?

In pica disorder, people eat things that are not considered food per se. These include ice, soil, dirt, cloth, etc. Often, pica is associated with other health problems like autism, development issues, etc. As people can consume dangerous things in this eating disorder, therefore, they are at considerable risk for ingestion of toxic materials.

Signs of pica include:

  • Consumption of food items that are not considered socially acceptable.
  • A habit that continues for at least a month
  • Situation dire enough to require clinical attention

What is Rumination Disorder?

In rumination disorder, people regurgitate the food they have previously chewed and swallowed. They then either re-swallow the food or spit it out.

Rumination disorder can occur during infancy, childhood or even adulthood. Since it limits the consumption of food, hence, it can lead to weight loss and nutritional deficiency. The consequent problems can even be fatal as well.

Hallmarks of rumination disorder include:

  • Episodes occur over at least one month.
  • There are no other gastrointestinal problems or eating disorders
  • The patient may also have severe mental health problems

What is Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)?

OSFED refers to an eating disorder that does not fit any of the above categories. Often, people in this category experience rapid weight loss, but their BMI is still above the limit set for patients of anorexia nervosa.

What are The Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

The specific signs of an eating disorder are contingent on the type of the disorder, but there are some general eating disorder signs and symptoms.

Physical symptoms of eating disorders include:

  • Constipation
  • Dry and scaly skin
  • Dizziness and disorientation
  • Hair fall issues
  • Fatigue
  • GI issues
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low heart rate and pulse
  • Muscular weakness
  • Frequent illnesses because of poor immune functionality
  • Sluggish movement
  • Women have period problems

Emotional, behavioral, and psychological signs of an eating disorder include:

  • Body dysmorphia
  • Concentration issues
  • Consuming a small portion, less than what is required
  • Concern about weight loss, dieting, etc.
  • Fixation on body size, appearance, and skinny figure
  • Fear of weight gain
  • Looking at the mirror often to check for fat
  • Mood problems
  • Not eating certain foods
  • Not eating around others, or at least, happily
  • Obsession about calories, food, fat, grams, and portion size
  • Skipping meals
  • Trying fad diets

What are the Early Signs of an Eating Disorder?

Some early signs of eating disorder to watch out for include:

  • Changes in weight
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in the way food is consumed, including chewing slowly, exercising portion control and using specific cutlery.
  • Exercise, and not in moderation
  • Fixation on weight and body image
  • Fixation on nutrient content
  • Problems with body size
  • Preoccupation with calories –consumed and burnt – and body measurements
  • Sudden interest in food
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Use of substances like laxatives, diet pills, etc.

What Eating Disorder is Commonly Misunderstood as Picky Eating?

AFRID eating disorder is commonly misunderstood as picky eating. While AFRID may present so, however, its underlying cause is psychological. People think they are going to die if they consume the food, so the relationship is based on trauma and fear, unlike the case of picky eating.

What Causes an Eating Disorder?

The exact causes of eating disorders are unknown. Some risk factors include:

  • Brain changes
  • Certain personality traits like perfectionism
  • Dieting and calorie-restriction
  • Genetics
  • Social pressure to be thin
  • Stress
  • Psychological problems and mental health issues

Which Eating Disorder is the Most Common?

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are among the more common eating disorders.

How to Deal with an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorder treatments can include the following:

  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Medical care
  • Counseling, especially about nutrients

How to Know if You Have an Eating Disorder?

If you are wondering if you have an eating disorder, you need to honestly answer the following eating disorder test:

  • Do you have strict rules about eating?
  • Do you eat with others, or do you avoid it?
  • Do you struggle with having a healthy relationship with food?
  • Do you excessively worry about your weight, calories, and your appearance?
  • Do you have low self-esteem?
  • Do you hide food or hoard it?
  • Do you manipulate your GI tract by vomiting, using diet pills, or taking laxatives?
  • Do you see yourself as very fat?

If the answers are affirmative, you need to consult an eating disorder therapist at Fitcy Health. Only qualified experts can give you a diagnosis of an eating disorder. At Fitcy Health, the prices are competitive, and choices are aplenty, so you are facilitated in every viable way. Moreover, the option of remote therapy allows you to get help immediately, whenever, wherever.

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