One of the best ways of enjoying life is to spoil yourself with luxury and do the things that you enjoy such as eating. Food is one of the basic needs of human in order to live, however, eating too much or eating too little may lead to various diseases.
Eating disorder is a physical and mental illness that is characterized by preoccupation with food and weight. A person with this illness tends to focus lesser on important things. People with an eating disorder that eat very small amount of food or none at all, for example, tend to be more concerned on how they look, how much they weigh and spend much time in looking at the mirror. On the other hand, people who eat more than they should eat may get a lot of diseases too.
People with eating disorder may also experience other illnesses that coexist with eating disorder such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
This disorder is common with teenagers or young adults but it can appear anytime of your life. Both men and women may be at risk of this illness, however, it is more common to women.
There are three types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa is the least common type of eating disorder. People with this type of eating disorder are often engaged to fixate on eating, food and weight control. Most people with anorexia nervosa are in denial of being malnourished and tend to see themselves as overweight even when confronted with evidence of being underweight.
It is very common for these people to repeatedly measure online slots themselves and limit the food they eat to a very small quantity. They are often conscious to how they look in public.
Anorexia nervosa may have additional health problems such as anemia, brittle hair and nails, constipation, dry yellow tinted skin, frequently feeling lethargic, infertility, lack of menstruation among females, fine hair growth that covers the body, low blood pressure, lowered internal body temperature, muscle weakness and slow breathing. If left untreated, anorexia may even lead to more serious complications like brain and heart damage, organ failure, osteoporosis and worst, death.
Opposite to anorexia, people with bulimia nervosa eat too much. People with this type of illness don’t have control over their eating behavior. To atone, the person will then engage in excessive exercise and fasting.
Unlike anorexia, people with bulimia appear to be healthy with average weight. But still, they fear on gaining weight, being obese or overweight. They often set goals on how they’ll look but never get satisfied.
The side effects of bulimia nervosa are acid reflux disorder, swollen salivary glands, and sensitive teeth, decaying tooth enamel, electrolyte imbalance, gastrointestinal problems, intestinal irritation, dehydration and chronically sore throat.
Another type of eating disorder is binge-eating. This type is under Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), an umbrella term for any eating disorder that is neither anorexia nor bulimia. People with binge-eating disorder are often obese because they’re completely out of control of their eating behavior and they don’t mind gaining weight or being obese. They have higher risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.