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Questions and Answers on Eating Disorders
Questions and Answers with regards to eating disorders
One of the biggest issues with pro-eating disorder Web sites is that they make eating disorders look like a lifestyle choice than a disease that requires attention. Because they outnumber recovery sites and have been shown to be appealing to young people (particularly teenagers) more people are likely to continue viewing eating disorders as something that is normal in society. As a result, such sites are more likely to continue promoting poor eating behaviors and thus an unhealthy lifestyle.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) about 10 million women and a million men are affected by such eating disorders as anorexia and bulimia while another 25 million have a binge-eating disorder.
Eating disorders are not just limited to women. According to NEDA, about a million men in the United States are affected by eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia). Ten percent of those with eating disorders who come to the attention of mental health professionals are men, which show that women are not the only ones affected. Some of the physical consequences of anorexia include hair loss, dry skin, fainting, loss of muscle, tooth decay as well as changes in the digestive system.
It is worth noting that eating disorder is not simply a real life-style choice given that it has to do with how those are affected view themselves. As a result of poor self image, they end up with such eating disorders. In this case therefore, such disorders may be associated with mental problems that result in eating disorders.
It is important that parents know what sites their children are visiting on the internet given that the internet can have significant impacts upon teenagers. This would allow parents to talk with their kids about such things (eating disorders) and even seek professional help earl enough if need be.
Eating disorders can have very negative impacts not only on the patients (those with the eating disorder) but also on those around them. One of the biggest impact on these conditions is that it affects the heath of the individual. The lack of sufficient nutrients that the body requires can not only result in lack of energy and other complications, but also lead to depression and other mental disorders given that the patient still has to deal with how others in the society react to them. Here, it is worth noting that the condition itself can be a mental disorder for some and therefore requires that the patient be approached with care.
Parents and relatives should not only talk and listen to the individual suffering from eating disorders, but also gradually seek the assistance/help of other more qualified professionals. While a majority of them may not recover immediately, appropriate interventions set them in a path where they gradually open up and put in some effort towards recovery.