Eating Disturbances – Anorexia and Bulimia

Eating disturbances are serious mental illnesses  defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect people, causing the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, which is why treatment is often so critical. They frequently coexist with other mental illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders.

The media can be a culprit for generating images that falsify the reality of human bodies. This behaviour’s society drives an individual to idealize the representation of body perfection. As scientists unfold the blueprint of our genetic make-up, it is evident that both environment and genetics play an integral role in the formation of body image.

Nowadays, depression and discouragement resulting from the numerous and lasting difficulties of daily life, are predisposing causes of somatic diseases due to the state of weakness and lack of energy of the body to react against the environment. In this category are many agents, being these physical, moral, or social, capable of changing the body and affect its physical health, destroying the physical balance of the human being.

Bad eating behavior may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. They are associated with a wide range of adverse psychological, physical, and social consequences. Regardless of the age of people, at the time the eating disorder begins, there can often be a considerable period of time between onset and the time of first treatment.

Eating disorders are associated with significant physical complications and increased mortality. The mortality rate for people with eating disturbances is the highest of all psychiatric illnesses, and over 12 times higher than that for people without such problems. Through these situations, are followed by a conduct that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors.

In addressing the many medical complications of an eating disorder, the more urgent concerns typically take priority, such as undernourishment or an unstable heartbeat. However, some of the health consequences related to eating disorders affect the individual in the long term, even if they aren’t more apparent or obvious. Bone loss, or osteoporosis, is a silent but debilitating condition that commonly impacts people with eating disorders, such as anorexia.

Through eating disturbances treatment, those with anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder are given the tools and skills to get well. These strategies are designed to help them cope with uncomfortable feelings or distress; they are intended to replace the need for the eating disorder and prevent a relapse.

Furthermore, people may see a number of health professionals before receiving a correct diagnosis. This delay is likely to negatively influence the duration of the eating disorder and the outcomes of treatment. Evidences show that early diagnosis and intervention can greatly reduce the duration and severity of an eating disorder. It is therefore vital to seek professional help at the earliest possible time.

People with anorexia see themselves as overweight, even when they are clearly underweight.  People with anorexia typically weigh themselves repeatedly, portion food carefully, and eat very small quantities of only certain foods. Eating, food, and weight control become an obsession. Others with bulimia have recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feel a lack of control over these episodes.

Unlike anorexia people with bulimia usually maintain what is considered a healthy or normal weight, while some are slightly overweight. But like those with anorexia, they often fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape. Usually, bulimic behavior is done secretly because it is often accompanied by feelings of disgust or shame. The binge eating and purging cycle can happen anywhere from several times a week to many times a day.

Some signs and symptoms of  eating disturbances are: chronic dieting despite being hazardously underweight, constant weight fluctuations,obssessive treatment involving calories and fat contents of food , engaging in eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food,
continued fixation with food, recipes, or cooking, depression or lethargic stage avoiding social functions, family, and friends, beins isolated and withdrawn.

Typical treatment include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binging and purging behaviors. Evidence also suggests that antidepressant medications may help for bulimia and also may be effective for treating co-occurring anxiety or depression for other eating disorders.

Our loved ones cannot be in a position to communicate effectively with us until that stabilization and maintenance have occurred. After that stabilization of eating patterns occurs, the real family work can develop. It is important to recognize that affected people needs patience from others as they continue to learn how to communicate their emotions in a healthy way.

Therapy is a fundamental piece of treatment because it affords an individual in recovery the opportunity to address and heal from traumatic life events and learn healthier coping skills and methods for expressing emotions, communicating and maintaining healthy relationships.

Researchers are finding that eating disorders are caused by a complex interaction of genetic, biological, psychological, and social factors. But many questions still need answers. Researchers are studying questions about behavior, genetics, and brain function to better understand risk factors, identify biological markers, and develop specific psychotherapies and medications that can target areas in the brain that control eating behavior. Brain imaging and genetic studies may provide clues for how each person may respond to specific treatments for these medical illnesses. Ongoing efforts also are aimed at developing and refining strategies for preventing and treating eating disorders among adolescents and adults.

In the treatment of eating disorders, the brain plays an interesting role. Often those with a disorder such as anorexia tend to experience rigidity and inflexibility in their thoughts and actions.The way they conduct their lives is often through a very black and white perspective. This is particularly evident in their perceptions of food and food consumption.

As ever said in the “Food Addiction” article, “the turn around through which people begin the healing process, starts when  they admit to get better by themselves, through the correct use of their willpower and determination, being imperative in this case, the help from family and friends.

Physical health is related to mental health because as a rule, good health and longevity are found among individuals who are calm, orderly and patient, who follow a regular pattern of life, who do not allow themselves to be overrun by the whirling of society, and who are not claimed simultaneously by a multiplicity of demands.

With the mass amount of misguided information about eating disorders, it is common for these serious illnesses to be misunderstood, oversimplified, or greatly generalized. The truth of the matter is that eating disorders are complex diseases caused by a multitude of factors. Men or women who struggle with an eating disorder have a serious mental illness with potentially life-threatening consequences.

In the rapid evolution of our society today, advances in technology have dictated the course of human interactions. The way we interface with one another is largely hinged on the capacities that have developed throughout the years. Face-to-face connections are often pushed aside for text messaging, emails, and the like.

For individuals struggling with an eating disorder spurred from pressures or dysfunctions in their family, this summer break readjustment is exacerbated. For most, home is a loving and safe environment. That’s the main reason, by which the healing power success on mental ilnesses’ treatment resides in good environment at home through a wholesome colaboration of family, thinking with elevated and healthy way, all knowing the power of good thoughts.

So, the cure happens, because people are the outcome of their thoughts, beliefs,  choices, and actions. We are what we think and the physical body reflects what is going inside. Doing so, people may exert their inner force and awake the healing power within.



14 thoughts on “Eating Disturbances – Anorexia and Bulimia”

    1. Hey, Daniel!

      I appreciated a lot your position on the topic. You’re quite right! Through wholesome thoughts, it’s possible for all people to keep the life healthier and more productive. Many thanks for your support! Wish you the Best,

      Karl Madek

  1. My 17 y/o daughter has been in a wheelchair all her life. We have over her life visited the Children’s Hospital regularly. It is so sad to see so many teenagers (some male), looking so thin and on drips. Some are so spoilt mentally that they shout, scream and chuck a tantrum when nurses try to encourage them to eat. Glad to have read your article and I believe it will help people. Keep up the good work. Dave

    1. Dear Dave,

      I appreciated your comments. I have to say that we all are on this Earth to fulfill the commitment we have taken over with ourselves at any moment in our lives, maybe in another dimension. The fact is that nothing happens by chance and the Natural Laws of the Universe are correct and immutable. I mean we need be courageous to move forward with our most loved ones facing the life’s problems and being grateful for having the opportunity to make things better because we all are living certain situations due to one given reason, usually unknown, but that is real. Seeing aside, other people have crossed the life along with problems many times more difficult than ours. We should know how to awaken the giant within, becoming us stronger, helping each other and living a happier and constructive life. Wish you all force and wisdom to know how to manage the circumstances going ahead.

      Karl Madek

  2. It must be hard for those who have been affected by these conditions but you are right! It is our willpower and the force from within ourselves to change that will drive us to our success in anything. Support from family is very important and is what will form that drive. It is sad that there are so many people out there, whose family members just dont think of this as a serious issue that needs to be dealt with.

    1. Hey, Reyhana!

      Unfortunately, that’s the picture we have today with families that don’t understand the power of thought. Many mental illnesses could be avoidable if the patients had this support. When people may awaken this great force they have inside, surely the outcomes should be better. Usually, mentally affected people aren’t able to struggle against what they are going through. It’s needed the immediate help from friends and family through the right use of wholesome thoughts. That’s the importance of this great partnership. We are the result of our thoughts and the environment around us. Wish you the Best,

      Karl Madek

      Karl Madek

  3. I think the movie To The Bone does a good job in dicussing a subject that needs more attention. I am glad you posts does this as well. Many parents are clueless about their teenagers eating disorders but it is so hard when everywhere you turn you are surrounded by inaccurate images of how “normal” looks. I have recently seen celebrities trying to advocate for accepting yourself as is and hopefully we will get to that point. For now though, your article shows consequences, physically, emotionally and mentally of these eating disorders. Fortunately, you also turn our attention to practical solutions if we know anyone struggling with these.

    1. Howdy, Max!

      Many thanks for your support about these ideas involving eating disturbances. Indeed, you’re quite right. In the actual days, such upheaval behaviors are given as common among people, and worse yet, many mental diseases such these could be treated early, creating wholesome habits in the patient’s lives while they still have in their lifetime, great possibilities to find the solutions required in such abnormalities. As said in the article, the media can be a culprit for generating images that falsify the reality of human bodies.
      Eating disturbances, as the most of mental illnesses, need to be faced with attention and promptitude, being the time an essential success factor. If friends, family, and medical support may actuate together to get healthy outcomes, then that will be the optimal partnership the society need to become things better for such people.
      Feel free to keep in touch at any moment you want. Wishing you the Best,

      Karl Madek

  4. So true Carlos
    God bless you for bringing this online here where we can have to study about all this problems and getting solutions to it.
    kindest John Okot

    1. Dear John!

      Many thanks for your kind insight. We need to contribute to society presenting the healing possibilities for so many mental disturbances that are growing among the humankind in a crescent way. Sooner it may be done, the more significant outcomes we all may get, becoming better the life for every people.
      Feel free to keep in touch when you desire. I got very happy with your support.
      Wish you all the Best,

      Karl Madek

  5. Beans are an important part in terms of weight loss because it contains high fiber and protein. Adding nuts to your diet is a good way to cut calories without starving and most important is nutrient rich nuts.

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    What is a White bean?
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    What to do?
    White beans called carb blockers because it can prevent the absorption and digestion of carbohydrates. This is done by blocking alpha-amylase, an enzyme that is connected to the digestion of carbohydrates in our intestines.

    The idea is that the extract of the white bean will work on the sugar refined in the same way in your body when processing the grains and high fiber foods. It can make your body feel full longer than refined carbohydrates we consume.

    1. Dear Dr. Alex Huggies,

      I am immensely grateful to you for this valuable nutrition technical support. It is of great importance for all people who are fighting with these eating disturbances. That is a kind of specialized information very needed and appreciated for those that are suffering and having their health damaged due to the wrong way of food intake.
      The healing process in such disorders dwells in applying the right behavior in an upfront desire to overcome the wrong habits settled down during maybe many years before. It demands the presence of fresh concepts and elevated core beliefs and values people involved and their families need to learn for turning their lives for the better, through a healthy way of living with wholesome habits, including in these, the correct nourishment.
      Many times that is the main reason for which the friends, family, and medical assistance may help and contribute to alleviating the suffering of such patients.
      I got very pleased with your remarkable nourishment presentation, and I thank you so much for your precious support. I wish you success in your researches.

      Karl Madek

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