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Eating Disorders

 

Eating disorders are a group of disorders where people use food in order to help cope with painful situations or feelings or to relieve stress, perhaps without even consciously realising it. Concentration on and preoccupation with food, and control over eating or not eating, enable them to sideline the painful and difficult issues and events in other areas of their lives. Problems with food can begin when it is used to cope with feelings of boredom, anxiety, anger, loneliness, shame or sadness.

It is unlikely that an eating disorder will result from a single cause. Much more likely is a combination of many factors, events, feelings or pressures that lead to the sufferer feeling unable to cope, precipitating this maladaptive coping mechanism. Examples of such factors include low self-esteem, problematic family relationships, trouble with friends, the death of someone special, difficulties at work, college or at university, lack of confidence, and sexual or emotional abuse.

Often people with eating disorders say that the eating disorder is the only way they feel they can stay in control of their life, but as time goes on it becomes evident that the eating disorder itself is controlling them. It is common amongst those with eating disorders to experience feelings of despair and shame. They may also identify with feelings of failure or lack of control due to inability to overcome these feelings about food alone.

An eating disorder is not a disease of the appetite and it is not a slimmer's disease or diet. Waif-like models and the current popular emphasis on dieting do nothing to help promote nutritional normality and have no doubt triggered many people into anorexia.
Food, however, is not the issue. It merely underlies a deeper problem; eating or not eating becomes a way to cope with a life that has become otherwise unmanageable.

An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of the sufferer's life. It is a serious health condition that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. People with eating disorders need to seek professional help as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and intervention may enhance recovery. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions.

 

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