EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are characterized by severe disturbances in a person's eating behaviors. 9% of Americans (or 28.8 million) will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. Eating disorders are one of the deadliest mental illnesses as 26% of people with eating disorders (EDs) attempt suicide. Every 62 minutes, at least one person passes away from an eating disorder. 95% of those suffering from anorexia and 80% of those suffering from bulimia are female. 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder but it is speculated that there are many more cases that simply go unreported and undiagnosed. Binge eating rates are approximately the same. 95% of cases occur in people ages 12-25 (Recovery Village). BIPOC are less likely to be asked by a doctor about eating disorders. Gender dysphoria, athletics, and military experience has been linked to diagnosis of EDs as they all stimulate body dissection(ANAD).

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

This disorder is characterized by an extreme restriction of food. People suffering from anorexia tend to eat small portions of food or avoid eating, and may eat only specific foods. Body dysmorphia and overexercising are very common symptoms of anorexia. This prolonged restriction of food is dangerous, as many people become underweight and may experience various health problems as a result. Health-related issues may involve low blood pressure, muscle weakness, brittle hair and nails, yellow skin, respiratory issues, feeling faint, fatigue, heart and brain damage, unstable body temperatures, constipation, menstruation complications, and infertility. 06% of American adults suffer from anorexia. Anorexia has the highest rate of fatality compared to other mental disorders.

BULLIMIA NERVOSA

This eating disorder is characterized by a cycle of binge eating (consumin large quantities) and purging (forcing oneself to vomit after eating or using laxatives excessively). People may also restrict their food intake or overexercise. Bulimia may cause vairous health problems such as acid reflux, severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, chronic sore throat, swollen salivary glands, and decay of tooth enamel. 1% of American adults are diagnosed with bulimia. Whether someone is underweight, overweight, or a healthy weight for their body, this cycle is extremely dangerous both physically and psychologically.

BINGE EATING DISORDER

This disorder is characterized by eating beyond the point of “fullness” because the action of eating feels out of one’s control. This pattern of overeating causes physical discomfort, guilt, shame, and distress. Those suffering from binge eating disorder (BED) may resort to eating in secret, eating when not hungry, and eating to cope with stress. People with this disorder may attempt to control their weight through diets or fasting. 2.8% of American adults are diagnosed with BED. This disorder can lead to obesity and is the most common in the US.

 
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What is Body Dysmorphia?

According to google...

“A mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance.
The flaw may be minor or imagined. But the person may spend hours a day trying to fix it. The person may try many cosmetic procedures or exercise to excess. People with this disorder may frequently examine their appearance in a mirror, constantly compare their appearance with that of others, and avoid social situations or photos. Treatment may include counseling and antidepressant medication.”

 
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Testimonials from People with Body Dysmorphia

“No matter how many anyone tells me I look skinny, everytime I look in the mirror I look disgusting. Maybe it’s internalized fatphobia and I hate that. But the absolute worst part is I only started to recover when I started to disappear.”


“It’s not even about wanting to look a certain way anymore. I just don’t know what I look like. All I see are flaws that make me feel like the most worthless person. So I look for validation but in the end, it doesn’t mean a thing.”


“I want to thank everyone for trying to help me see my beauty. But I feel so guilty, I feel so ungrateful. I’m not but through all my efforts, all their efforts. I still can’t believe them. I really wish I could.”

 
Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders