An Eating Disorder is a serious problem as it can affect a person both physically and mentally. It is difficult to detect if a person is suffering from an eating disorder because such people often hide their problem. People with eating disorders have it ingrained in their minds that whatever they eat will make them put on lot of weight.
For example, under certain kinds of stimulation the brains of eating disorder sufferers can be made to stop focusing on food and weight issues and start focusing on other things. By focusing on other things (which is called focused attention) the brain develops new connections between neurons and rewires itself. The old neuronal connections (connections responsible for their eating disorder) will became less and less active and eventually completely replace themselves with the new connections.
Inpatient eating disorder treatment is time and again rejected because people with bad eating behaviors repeatedly consider that they are not worthy of assistance. If you consider you are in need of assistance, you ought to explain this with your councilor. If there is a list of things that are going wrong in your life because of a bad eating behavior, you are definitely ready for inpatient treatment. Being at a physically fit or unhealthy body mass doesn’t determine whether or not you have a bad eating behavior.
People with eating disorders do not like food; for them it is an addiction. Anorexics regard it as an enemy to be avoided at all costs. Bulimics choose food that will be easy to regurgitate; binge eaters will eat whatever is in the refrigerator or cupboards, however unappetizing it may be; comfort eaters choose indulgent, easy-to-eat foods – cookies, cakes, candies, white bread, all of which produce short-term contentment by releasing serotonins in the brain.
Binge eating disorder or BED is a problem of perhaps millions of Americans. The risks of having this problem are many, the first of which is obesity. Obesity, as many know, can cause many health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Aside from health risks, the disorder can also cause a person who suffers from it to develop low self-esteem, cause disruption in his or her daily routine, and even withdraw from social interaction due to embarrassment of their disorder.
Emotional eaters tend to obsess about the food they eat and often rely on food to soothe themselves at stressful times and/or use food as a reward, or as a source of comfort during difficult times. For most emotional eaters, food acts as their primary means of distraction or entertainment, taking on a significant role in their life.
Eating disorders are psychological problems that can have serious physical effects. Anorexia Nervosa is the most dangerous, and has the highest mortality rate of all the mental illnesses. Anorexia is characterized by excessive weight loss and self-starvation, fueled by a belief that one is overweight. Patients are considered anorexic when their weight falls below 15% of their recommended body weight and they still consider themselves ‘fat’ and attempt to lose more weight.