With everything going on in my life, you’d think that comfort eating would be my safe haven, away from all my trials and dwindling self-confidence. I found out the hard way that certain eating behaviors were very much unhealthy. I had to first come to terms with the fact that I had an eating disorder. I’d ask myself, “do I have an eating disorder?” How could a person know if they were exhibiting eating disorder symptoms?
What Are Eating Disorders?
To accurately define eating disorder, one must understand that the eating frequency comes with an underlying health issue, which is often depression, substance addiction, anxiety, and others. So, what is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are illnesses that are majorly characterized by irregular and unhealthy feeding habits. It usually comes with some form of mental or emotional distress. Those who are diagnosed with different types of eating disorders typically have an unusual pattern of feeding, which may involve; restricting one’s self to small or inadequate amounts of food or food binging, which often leads to obesity.
It’s probably necessary to note that disordered eating is different from an eating disorder. The gap between disordered eating vs eating disorder is that most people with the former simply eat irregularly but have no specific health problems or food intolerance issues. Disordered eating is limited to emotions and self-perception. When emotions of inadequacies are stared up, it can lead to setting a metal weight loss goal or reversibly cause a person to binge-eat to feel better about themselves.
Eating Disorder Types
There are numerous signs of eating disorder, and they can be categorized into different types. A few of them include:
A person is said to replicate rumination eating disorder symptoms when they are able to regurgitate their food, re-chew, and Re-swallow or spit out under 30 minutes after initial food intake. This Disorder enables the individual to control the amount of food they ingest – this is mostly done to lose weight.
Binge Eating Disorder
This is one of the most common eating disorders and is characterized by eating uncontrollably in large amounts, even when they may not be hungry. Symptoms of Binge eating disorder include all-day-long eating combined with feelings of lack of control, guilt, anxiety, distress, and others. People in this category have no need to expel their food in any way.
Bulimia Nervosa Disorder
Finding yourself binging on all the food types that you had promised yourself that you would avoid, and eating them till you are painfully full every time is one of the agonizing facts of Bulimia. The person with this binging Disorder may then try to vomit, take diuretics or laxatives in order to get rid of the excess calories they have taken in. Fortunately, those who have Bulimia tend to maintain a healthy weight in some cases, influenced by the need to stay in shape and to maintain self-esteem.
Arguably, the most common eating disorder is Anorexia. This form of eating disorder develops in the adolescence stage and is more popular with women than men. Anorexia description include a restricted eating pattern, a constant denial of being grossly underweight, fear of gaining any weight, a drive to keep losing weight. People in this category limit their food intake by any means.
Although this feeding disorder is not as common as others, it is also considered as viable in the eating disorders list. A person is said to have pica if the person craves non-food substances that may even be harmful in some cases such as detergent, chalk, mud, wool, paper, cloth, ice, and others. This type of food disorder may be hazardous to health if the person ingests these cravings.
What Causes These Eating Disorders?
The causes of eating disorders can spring from various factors such as the need to look perfect, cultural beliefs, personality traits, emotional imbalance, genetics, and others.
How to Deal with Eating Disorders?
In many cases, an eating disorder is psychological and can be linked to a particular obsession or emotion. Such as the ones I had been through. The easiest way to tackle the effects of eating disorders is to identify the underlying problems that may lead to this behavior. In many individuals, binging eating is a way of dealing with a problem. Professional counseling and rehabilitation have been found to be extremely useful in these situations.
I fully understood the causes of eating disorders that I had experienced and was better equipped to handle its symptoms when next it came along.