This is a form of eating disorder where a person relentlessly pursues the desire to be thin. The individual fears becoming fat and may exaggerate the size of her body when she looks in the mirror. She therefore exercises excessively and restricts her food intake to the point of self starvation.
People with bulimia nervosa overeat once or twice a week and because they fear that this may make them fat, they starve themselves, induce themselves to vomit or they may abuse laxatives People with this condition may have a weight within the normal range but which sometimes fluctuate.
This is a eating disorder where a person eats an excessive amount of food. It is a condition where a person has episodes of uncontrollable eating. It is not unusual to overeat from time to time. Binge eating is different from normal increase in appetite because the sufferer eats large amounts of food regularly. They are usually fast eaters and wont stop even when they are full.
EFFECTS OF EATING DISORDER ON THE BODY
1. If it is a woman, her menstrual period may cease.
2. The sufferer loses weight and becomes emanciated.
3. It alters the body function.
4. The person may become seriously ill.
5. If it is manifested at a young age, it could impair growth and development .
6. Could affect fertility in women.
7. The victim is at the risk of dying young.
8. It could lead to depression, drug abuse or even drug addiction.
9. could lead to overweight or even obesity.
10. Low self image.
THE CAUSES OF EATING DISORDER
Under-eating or overeating by an individual could be an attempt to use food to cope with situations that seem over- welming.
It could be as of result of low self esteem, depression, anger, or as a strategy to cope with loneliness.
When the society emphasizes thinness as the acceptable body shape, people will tend towards being thin in order to have a sense of belonging. A person with a history of sexual abuse may later develop eating disorder. Eating dis orders may run in families. Someone who has experienced a troubled relationship may experience eating disorder.
The treatment is for the person that has an eating disorder and is emanciated is to regain weight. Also the person should go for counselling and if need be talk to a therapist regularly.