Weight struggles and eating disorders


“An epidemic that has no end, a constant struggle of what appears to be for vanity but is stemmed into the system that is dangerously threaded by many women of all shapes, sizes and age. A disorder that needs to be properly addressed.”


In a woman’s life, it is sure that she has asked questions about her weight and some may constantly struggle with it. The tendency to look at herself at the mirror and not fully accept her figure is sadly becoming a norm. Unfortunately, many women are suffering to control their weight and ultimately resorts in developing an eating disorder.


Eating disorder is considered an illness. It results in a person having an irregular eating habits and is obsessed about their weight and shape. Having an eating disorder at the start may seem like something that will pass or has no effect in the body but the truth is, it can damage both the body and mind. Early signs of an eating disorder should be addressed immediately and with caution because a person who has this disorder is considered to have a problem mentally.


There are three types of eating disorders. They are classified depending on the behavior and attitude towards food.


Anorexia Nervosa


A person with this disorder has an abnormal fear of gaining weight. Their body image is unstable and what others may see as an unhealthy body will still look to them as if they need to shed more weight. This disorder causes a person to limit their food intake due to their obsession and fear of gaining weight. Anorexia has long-term health damages and when it is not cured may lead to death.


Bulimia Nervosa


This is characterized by binge eating followed by force vomiting by putting their fingers in their mouth or by using laxatives or diuretics, fasting or engaging in excessive exercises. This condition also has an abnormal fear of gaining weight. The binge eating and purging are done in secret because people with bulimia are ashamed and unhappy about the way they look. Having bulimia can result in gastrointestinal problems, hydration and heart difficulties.


Binge eating disorder


Those who have this disorder constantly lose control over their eating. The difference over bulimia is the absence of purging after eating, and no exercise or fasting. People with binge eating disorders are often obese and are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Everyone should understand that having an eating disorder is not a walk in the park. It should be addressed with utmost care and it doesn’t resolve easily. A person with this disorder should be treated with baby steps. Below are some treatment options for those suffering from this dreaded disorder.


  1. Know what disorder a person has, monitor their behavior and identify if there is any cause that may lead to the disorder.
  2. Seek medical care and consult a nutritionist that can help you understand what you can do or for the person who has the disorder. The information you would need is how you can restore and stabilize the weight and what you can do to maintain a proper nutrition.
  3. The type and approach of a therapy depends on the person involved. Whatever it is, it is important to talk and give the person with the disorder the proper guidance they need.
  4. Medications such as those that can resolve mood or anxiety symptoms.


Eating disorders in no laughing matter. It is a serious condition that needs to be taken seriously. If you know someone who is suffering from this, seek help and talk to someone before its too late.






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