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Winning Control Over Eating Disorders Part 1
Anorexia Distorts Beauty
Anorexia & Bulimia
Anorexia and Bulimia are serious compulsive eating disorders. They are life threatening. This is not to scare you but to inform you that eating disorders are quite serious. These compulsive behaviors if not properly attended can result in death. Eating proper healthy food consistently is important. Your health depends upon it. Food provides energy and nutrients that helps you function more efficiently. Now is the time to begin listening to your body. Don't wait until you need medical attention.
In order to reach spiritual wholeness we must be willing to look at all human behavior. Everyone has areas in which they need to grow. Some have a harder time harnessing harmful behaviors. Behavior displayed does not always actually display a true indication of how someone really is. Many simply adapt to their environment in order to be accepted. Personality is often a veneer that has developed to protect the real person. Each of us has an innate unique temperament. Personalities vastly differ on a multiplicity of levels. Behavior can actually be a plea for help. Compulsive behaviors need immediate attention.
I would like to shed some light on a serious subject that many do not like to discuss. If you or someone you know has a eating disorder its time to address the issue. It is important to be considerate when approaching someone with anorexia or bulimia. Seek ways to make a bridge rather than abruptly intrude upon their privacy. If you are personally experiencing an eating disorder; know its time to move towards wholeness and getting better. Let's start moving towards WINNING CONTROL over eating disorders!
Anorexia and Bulimia are not subjects that are usually openly discussed. The desire to be thin is obsessive. There is an intense fear of gaining weight. The cause is not fully understood. Anorexia nervosa is a self induced starvation that results in a dramatic weight loss. Bulimia is when one binges on large amounts of food that is followed with self induced vomiting or laxative abuse. This can or may not result in weight loss. Both are extremely dangerous and harmful both mentally and physically. Food for many can bring to mind memories of pain, abuse, anger, failure, rejection, abandonment issues and or conflict. Although women primarily develop eating disorders, there are approximately 10% of men who are also anorexic or bulimic. Eating disorders usually have their onset during adolescent or teens. They can also develop later on in life.
Anorexia and bulimia origins are nested most frequently in dysfunctional families of varying social economical status. Genetics also play a factor. From some it is a way of coping with stress. There are currently programs designed for children as well. This should inform you of the seriousness of eating disorders. Denial is often an accompanying dynamic. Anorexics usually deny their feelings. They have been taught to suppress their feelings. Visually severe anorexia is not hard to detect. It is important to know you are uniquely important, stop comparing yourself with anyone else. Begin to shift your focus on your strengths and acknowledging how you really feel.
Symptoms to Look For!
Let’s look at some of the symptoms. One of the first symptoms of Anorexia is when a person is focused on how they are too fat; when it is quite obvious that is not the case. Food restrictions are very extreme. Exercising excessively is a sign. They will often also binge eat then take laxatives. They continually desire to shift their desirable weight down. It is not unusual for an anorexic’s hands, feet, and head appear far too big. There is very little if any fat body mass. Low blood pressure and thinning hair can be a sign as well. They continually restrict food to lose dramatic amounts of weight. They often wear bulky clothes or sweaters to mask their actual body size. It is also accompanied by the over use of laxatives; and or diet pills. This can result in chronic sour breath. Low self esteem and being over perfectionistic tends to persists. Maintaining rigid control and spending time excessively exercising. Depression, deceitfulness, guilt and irritability are often present as well. Anorexics are proud of their ability to restrict and control the amount of food they do or do not consume. It is ironic how they overly focus on this area of control to an unhealthy extreme. Voluntary starvation can lead to emaciation and sometimes death.
Let’s look at some of the symptoms for Bulimia. The person is caught up in a binge-purge pattern of eating. They can consume vast amounts of food and relieve themselves by self induced vomiting. They are often able to hide their bulimia. Bulimics are not always necessarily extremely large in body mass. They often observe food rituals. Low self esteem and being overly perfectionistic are apparent. The person looses control once they start eating. Food actually becomes a calming agent and somewhat of a companion. One common trait in anorexia and bulimia is the person really wants relationship and the approval of others. It is highly likely that there has also been sexual abuse.
It is important that you lovingly confront someone with an eating disorder. An intervention with a few who are genuinely concerned helps to bring the issue to the light. It is important that you are honest about the way they look. You must be willing to take the risk at them being upset. You should also be willing to nurture them and take part in their healing. It is important that they receive the professional help they need. You too will need support during their recovery process. It is most helpful to learn more about eating disorders.
There are cases when a person is a combination of the two. This is known as Bulimarexic. They vacillate between the two disorders. It can be confusing because the individual does not acknowledge there is a problem. Denial is present since they do not actually fall into either category. Weight gain or loss, digestive problems, heart problems. anemia, forgetfulness, erosion of tooth enamel, halitosis, glandular functioning, hypoglycemia, and impulse control order are some of the many side effects.
If you feel you are too fat or too thin begin to make a conscious effort to change your eating habits. You do not have to develop an eating disorder. Exercise more or less. Take steps to taking control by eating healthier. Eating is something we all must do to maintain our bodies in a healthy way. Food for us is like gas and oil to a car. Learning how to eat properly to maintain good health is a desirable goal. Eating to live is better than living to eat. Remain conscious of what you eat and when. Stay in tune to how your body responds to certain foods. Believe what the scale is saying rather than what you want to see in the mirror.
Learning to strive for a healthy eating balance is good. Listening to your body and becoming in tune with what helps you function at your maximum level is also good. The quality of your life and well being will greatly improve. So let's get busy getting better!
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Winning Control Over Eating Disorders Part 2
- Winning Control Over Eating Disorders Part 2
"God wants us all to be whole. Being whole does not mean being free of conflict or problems. Life will continually present challenges. Challenges can facilitate bringing about spiritual growth."
- Types of Eating Disorder
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- Anorexia Nervosa Disorder
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