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Eating Disorders
    Brianna Shaw, MSP
  • on Dec 30, 2019 |

When someone has an eating disorder, their weight is the main focus of their life. There are three different types of eating disorders, this includes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa
This eating disorder is associated with food restriction and excessive amounts of exercising. A person may feel overweight regardless of what their actual weight is. Anorexia nervosa can cause many problems in the body such as:
• Heart problems
• Kidney problems
• Low blood iron
• Bone loss
• Digestive problems
• Low heart rate
• Low blood pressure
• Fertility problems

As many as 10% of people who experience anorexia die as a result of health problems or suicide.

Bulimia Nervosa
This disorder involves periods of uncontrollable binge eating, then afterwards purging (vomiting) or taking laxatives. People who struggle with bulimia often feel overweight regardless of what their actual weight is.
The health problems resulting from bulimia include:
• Kidney problems
• Dehydration
• Digestive problems
• Damage to teeth, mouth, and throat from vomiting

Binge Eating Disorder
This disorder involves periods of over eating followed by feelings of depression and guilt. Binge eating can be a way to find comfort or cope with certain things. Binge eating disorders can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight concerns.
Eating disorders can affect anyone but the people who are most commonly affected are people with low self-esteem, perfectionism, poor body image, and difficulties dealing with stress.

Treatments for eating disorders include:
• Counselling and support
• Medication to help mood problems that are associated with eating disorders
• Regular medical care check ups