Find Out What Really Happens in BED?
How many times has your favorite television program been interrupted by a weight loss commercial? Ads for dieting pills and programs like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Hydroxycut, and Weight Watchers inundate our lives with promises of weight loss and body satisfaction. Programs like these consume our population with ideals of body images that are unattainable and often unhealthy for most people.
Nutrition Essential Component for Healing
A key component to eating disorder treatment is developing and monitoring a nutrition plan. Nutritional deficiencies are common in people with eating disorders. Lack of nutrients from food restriction and electrolyte imbalances from purging and dehydration are serious complications that can be life-threatening if not remedied. A registered dietitian (RD) is an essential member of the treatment team and is responsible for guiding patients and their families through the weight and nutrition restoration process.
The ratio of female to male eating disorders suggest that women and girls are more affected than men: according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the female to male ratio for anorexia is 10:1; for bulimia, 10:1; and 2:1 for binge eating disorder. Although eating disorders in females and males are clinically similar, it is feared that the true statistics related to males are not fully known due to underreporting of symptoms and stigma.
What is Causing the Growing Epidemic of Disordered Eating
Clinical eating disorders have clear indications and criteria for diagnosis. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED-NOS) are all represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-V (DSM-V) and have strict parameters for diagnosis. Not so easy to spot are those eating habits that, although they may not fit the definition of an eating disorder, have troubling consequences for a person’s physical and emotional health. These eating behaviors fall into a category termed disordered eating, and they are far more prevalent than we may have realized.
What Does Healthy Look Like?
I think it is fair to say that those who struggle with some type of eating disorder have a really hard time with knowing what a healthy lifestyle and diet is. I know this because I once lived a life with anorexia and bulimia for ten years and knew what I was doing to my body was wrong and hurting it, but at moments I didn’t really care. I didn’t know a life without restricting, binging, and purging, so healthy is a word that I never thought I would live nor understand.
The Link Between Disordered Eating and Athletics
Athletes are often glorified for their ability to transform their bodies. However, what cost do these athletes pay? Disordered eating may be one costly and dangerous step these athletes take to achieve their fitness and athletic goals.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration offers the following definition for disordered eating, “Disordered eating is when a person regularly engages in destructive eating behaviours such as restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals. Disordered eating can include behaviours which reflect many but not all of the symptoms of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).”
College and Eating Disorders
For many teenagers, college serves as an opportunity for many firsts. The college experience is often the first time students live without their families and a concrete set of rules. Unfortunately, dealing with an eating disorder is among these firsts for many college students.
Debunking Misconceptions About Eating Disorders
Because eating disorders are complex and often misunderstood, there are several misconceptions about eating disorders and eating disorder behavior. These misconceptions include: people with eating disorders do not eat anything, you must be a certain size to have an eating disorder, and eating disorders cannot be fatal. A popular and incorrect notion about eating disorders is that people with eating disorders do not eat anything.
What is The Threat of Thinspiration About
In today’s society, many people especially young girls are bombarded with messages through the media on how they should look and feel about their bodies. Because teens make up an ideal target customer base for marketers, a significant amount of the media is targeted at young women. These images can create tremendous stress on an individual and as well as influence self-esteem and body image.
What is Disordered Eating?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating . Such an alarming statistic for a problem that is so real but what do these words really mean and how can we substantiate a difference between them? Webster defines the word disorder as ‘an abnormal physical or mental condition’. An eating disorder mirrors both abnormal mental and physical patterns making it one of the deadliest psychiatric disorders. It is often characterized by disordered eating behaviors, distorted attitudes about food, and/or inadequate ways of weight control. The most common diagnoses are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified (ED NOS).