There are times that we go on a diet, control our cravings, deprive ourselves of goodies like that luscious chocolate caramel cake. Or on the other hand, when we are heartbroken, depressed or stressed from work, we become voracious eaters.
Sadly, such conditions become a habit that is hard to break, becoming a part of daily routine for some people. They become so abnormally consumed about not getting fat or too anxious about their food intake. Then this becomes a serious problem – an eating disorder.
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is an abnormal eating behavior that affects the physical, emotional and mental condition of a person. It even affects the social life of that person. It is serious and considered an illness.
A person afflicted with this disorder tend to eat less and less because they feel they are getting bigger. On the contrary, some people are inclined to eat more uncontrollably. However, this malady can be treated with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, says an expert from Eating Disorder Center of Denver.
Types of Eating Disorders and their Treatments
The most common eating disorder is anorexia nervosa. People with this ailment has no appetite. They think they are overweight when in reality they are thin. If ever they eat, they vomit everything because they are anxious about gaining weight.
People who suffer from this disorder usually die of malnutrition. Some even commit suicide. There is a three-step approach in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
First, is to restore their overall health from the damage caused by lack of nutrition. Next treatment is to boost their self-esteem because people with anorexia nervosa are very insecure about themselves. They are so sensitive that they are easily affected by what other people say. And lastly and most importantly, is to attain complete recovery.
Another eating disorder is bulimia nervosa. This is the opposite of anorexia nervosa. People with this disorder has an enormous appetite. They also resort to forced vomiting.
And the last one is the binge-eating disorder. Just like a person with bulimia nervosa, they have no control over their food intake. Their difference is people with this ailment does not resort to expunging whatever they eat. That is why most of them are obese.
Treatment for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder is the same as the treatment for anorexia nervosa – nutritional and psychological counseling as well.