girls are at high risk for developing an eating disorder. There
is a normal weight gain occurring during puberty that provides the
energy needed for the body to go through its natural series of changes.
In addition girls have many other pressures from the media, their
parents, their peers, possible sexual trauma, their own perfectionism,
their own depression, lack of self-esteem, etc. Here is some info
on common eating disorders and what you can do to live a healthier
Where to find help
A psychological eating disorder characterized by compulsive dieting
strong fear of fat
feeling fat no matter how thin you get
to maintain at least a minimum health-required body weight
of menstrual periods
eating binges followed by self-induced vomiting.
- 5 to
15% of anorexia cases result in death
low blood pressure
your physician! If you have this problem no over-the-counter or
home remedy is sufficient. You need someone else's help. Start
with your physician.
drugs: Opioid inhibitors such as Naltrexone can be used to break
the addiction to dieting.
An eating disorder, possibly associated with depression, anxiety
disorders, or substance abuse, characterized by binge eating (gorging
oneself) followed by self-induced vomiting and laxative abuse.
oneself followed by self-induced vomiting
and laxative abuse
esophagus possibly causing death
arrest due to Laxative and
diuretic drug overdose
your physician. Like Anorexia people suffering from bulimia must
get help from others. Psychotherapy, and some prescription drugs
such as anti-depressants and Prozac.
Eating large amounts of food to combat emotional distress. Do you
eat, then feel guilty, then eat to fill your guilt, then feel more
guilty, etc.? Do you eat to fill your insecurity?
large quantities of food between meals, often in secret, when
you're not particularly hungry, during emotional periods of time, negative
untreated compulsive eating can lead to...
discrimination due to obesity
obesity, which increases one's risk for cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, and some cancers.
an eating plan including well-balanced meals, possibly with the
help of a nutritionist or a group such as weight watchers. Being
in a group of people who share a common problem can give you emotional
strength to overcome your problem.
the reason you started eating compulsively. People often start
using food to deal with personal problems. (see controlling your
counseling with a professional, or family therapy. A psychologist
may help you get to the root of the problem.
An exaggerated fear of becoming fat, causing a person to suffer
from self-induced malnutrition. Fear-of-obesity can lead to an eating
disorder, and interfere with growth and development.
dieting: Every time you quickly drop in weight you release large
amounts of toxin into your blood. This is why it is safer to adopt
a healthy lifestyle, loose the weight gradually and keep it off.
However, those who suffer from fear-of-obesity tend to repeat
the cycle of dieting and regaining the weight over and over again.
you look fat even if you're not overweight.
and behavioral counseling from a nutritionist, psychologist and/or
Being overweight to a degree, which is beyond what the body is structurally
equiped to handle, due to an excessive accumulation of body fat.
Obesity leads to a long list of physical and emotional problems.
stress on the back, legs, and internal organs.
resistance to insulin leading to diabetes
vulnerability to infection
a teen be concerned?
- 1 out
of every 4 teens carry enough excess weight to put them at high
risk for heart attack. Stroke, colon cancer, gout and other health
problems later in life, regardless of whether the individual loses
the weight as an adult.
- Teens who are overweight have a 75% chance
of being overweight as an adult.
- 1 third of Americans are at least 20% overweight.
- 25 to 50% of adult Americans are on some
sort of diet at any given time.
- Americans spend more than $30 billion each
year on diet aids and remedies.
- STILL Americans today are more overweight
and stressed out and no more likely to exercise than we were ten
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to find help
Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED)
Males and Eating
You may consider checking into a recovery program for a period of
Shades of Hope
If you are open to religion and at least 13 years
old you may want to consider calling Shades of Hope. They offer
a 42 day stay at a pretty location in Texas, during which you'll
receive exercise therapy, individual and group counseling, addiction
education, nutritional assessment, food plans, etc. Their philosophy:
"We believe that eating disorders are an addiction and thus
treat them as such. We believe that although behaviors may be learned
if the issues causing the behaviors is not addressed then recovery
is not attained. Shades of Hope strongly feels that those with addictions
have a "hole in the soul" a lost connection with ones
spiritual self. Until one admits one is helpless to the disease
and that without help from something a God of ones
own understanding- that recovery is limited."
PO Box 639
Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508