Eating Disorders.

Research has shown that the population of persons with obesity has grown over the recent centuries. More and more cases being common in children and women. Obesity in children has been seen to reduce the Child’s ability to effectively co-ordinate activities in class work, gymnasium and also results in the child being bullied by his age mates.

For women it’s a little bit depressing to be seen as the chubby ugly Betty when all girls are trying to maintain a size zero waist line. Modeling agencies have also made things more uncomfortable for the plus sized girl as broad waistlines are no match for the red carpet skinny girls.

With all these factors laid on the table, it is important to know that our bodies are vessels by which we achieve full life, hence there being an importance to keep it healthy. A body with little or no fat (anorexia) is equally as harmful as a body with too much fat (obesity).

The body is known to store fat for several purposes in the body.

  • It insulates the body against cold.
  • It is broken down into what we call energy.
  • It helps utilize fat body reserves during famine and a starvation period.

However, when in large quantities, body fat can lead to fatal illnesses. Below is a detailed review of eating disorders that have been studied in the recent centuries. Some of these lead to little or no fat storage while others lead to fast of weight gain.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge disorder is characterized by people who eat large quantities of food in less than two hours and allow for it go through the entire digestion process. This is the direct opposite of persons with bulimia. Persons suffering from binge eating disorder are mostly overweight and have low esteem issues. They tend to shy away from the public and often keep their emotions bottled inside.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight. This case has been seen to characterize itself in teenage girls and models. Looking at it generally, it could be termed as a problem of the ladies, but men who go on extreme diets have been seen to acquire the same symptoms. This category of people deprives themselves of food, knowingly, even when they are angry. They tend to take an average of 600–800 calories per day.

This condition is bad and life threatening as we have seen it take away renowned people and super models like the French model Isabelle Caro who died at the age of 28.

Bulimia Nervosa

This, like Anorexia Nervosa, is a condition heightened among models and teenage girls who are under pressure to stay thin. The difference however, comes in that anorexic patients don’t give in to their cravings or food desires while bulimic patients do. They choose to take large amounts of the food they desire and then use extreme methods such as pushing fingers down their throat to vomit, or using laxatives so as to induce rejection of the food by the stomach.

Compulsive over eating

Have you ever heard of people who won’t stop eating when they are stressed out or going through frantic change in emotions? This can be categorically placed as an eating disorder. This condition puts persons at a strange position of instinctively being addicted to food in order to rid themselves of the surrounding discomfort.

Most of these persons are overweight, and in some cases, the issue is so extreme that they will need psychoanalytical care and treatment. Compulsive overeating has been said to generate from persons who have been involved in abusive relationships, children and adults alike.

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