Dealing with eating disorders

Friday, March 1st, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Dealing with eating disorders
~ Dealing with eating disorders ~

Someone who suspects a friend or relative has an eating disorder should talk to him or her about it. It was important to express concern and offer help in seeking treatment.

But there is little use in giving well-meaning advice on how to normalize eating habits. The more severe an eating disorder is, the harder people try to hide it. Anorexics often list all the things they have supposedly eaten that day to explain why they are not hungry.

Bulimics secretly induce vomiting after every meal so as not to gain weight. And people with a constant craving for food eat unobserved almost around the clock. The DGPPN pointed out those psychological and emotional problems often underlay an eating disorder.

An affected person may be trying to cope with suppressed feelings and needs, or showing mute protest or refusal. Eating or fasting typically dominates their lives. Treatment aims in part at restoring regular meals, improving self-esteem and body image and raising awareness of the feelings behind the disorder.

Information via DPA.


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