Eating disorders are nightmares in reality and it appears to be a load of baggages for one to carry unexpectedly in life. Since we have covered on the types of eating disorders, today’s article will be a round up on the subject matter.
What is ‘eating disorder’?
Eating disorders are psychological illnesses defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.
An ‘eating disorder’ is a dangerous mental illness, not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a fad. It is characterised when eating, exercise and body weight/shape become an unhealthy preoccupation of someone’s life.
There are three main eating disorders: (a) Aneroxia Nervosa – the fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, (b) Bulimia Nervosa – the act of binge eating then self induced purging or vomiting, and (c) Binge eating disorder – eating until uncomfortably full in one sitting. There are many possible causes of eating disorders which some can be genetic or triggered by other psychological issues such as social issues, family trouble, etc.
Do you think ‘eating disorder’ as social, psychological or biological? ‘Eating disorder’ maybe psychological and social as well but there is a serious biological brain basis to the illness. Instead of the pancreas breaking down, what we are now knowing is that there are pathways in the brain that are not functioning in the same way as those who don’t have an eating disorder…
It quietly sneaks into the lives of people without sounding the alarm. More often triggered by life’s circumstances and situations, many may not realize it coming until the symptoms become apparent.
Having the awareness of its existence and its modus operandi is the least you can do in preventing the illness as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.