As the name suggests, eating disorders refers to developing extremely unhealthy eating habits. In today’s world where everything is fast-paced, proper mealtimes are no longer prioritized. According to a general statistical survey,
- Every 62 minutes, someone somewhere dies due to an eating disorder.
- This mental illness (yes it does not only have to do with eating), has the highest mortality rate.
- 13% of the young generation may face some sort of eating disorder before 20.
What causes it?
Amongst others, the key factors resulting in this disorder are as follows.
- Genetics____ Twin experiment results showed that if one sibling develops an eating disorder, the other has a 50% chance of developing one too.
- Culture and Media____ Our media and culture have set unrealistic body goals for young generation to achieve. Many slightly overweight (in some cultures normal weighted) youngsters are body-shamed to starvation and sometimes suicide.
- Personality traits_____ Psychological surveys have shown that perfectionists and those with inflexible personalities tend to develop anorexia ( an eating disorder), in a quest to be the ideal.
While eating disorders have a lot of types, Anorexia and Binge-eating are the most common ones.
Its an eating disorder where individuals have abnormally low body weight. People suffering from this condition tend to have a phobia-type fear of gaining weight and becoming fat. They see themselves heavier than they actually are. To counter this, they adopt extremely restricted diet and starve themselves most of the times. If forced to eat, such individuals are found to exercise excessively, abuse on laxatives or sometimes vomit, to compensate for the calories they’ve consumed.
Binge-eating on the other hand is a condition where individuals experiences recurrent episodes of eating large amounts of food. In today’s stress driven society, this disorder is seen to increase. The saying, “Treat yourself”, in this case, is followed to an unhealthy extent. This is because, such individuals usually try to suppress their stress, depression and fears by eating excessively. If not controlled, it leads to obesity and eventually several other health conditions.
So what’s the cure?
Individuals with eating disorders are found to be unhappy with their appearances and have low self-esteem. They are mostly indulged in self-loathe and consider themselves unacceptable to others. To fit in the society, they put themselves through harsh diets (Anorexia), or sometimes eat their way to feeling better (Binge eating).
Admitting you have a problem and accepting yourself for who you are is the only cure to this problem.
If you want a guide to lose weight in a healthy way, read this.