Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviours.
What is an eating disorder?
There are three main eating disorders (There are more). They are; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating.
Anorexia Nervosa: when a person tries to keep their weight as low as possible by, for example, starving themselves or exercising excessively.
Bulimia Nervosa: when a person goes through periods of binge eating and is then deliberately sick or uses laxatives to try and control their weight.
Binge Eating: when a person feels compelled to or can’t help overeating large amounts of food in a short space of time.
What might a person with anxiety eating disorder experience?
Anorexia Nervosa: They might see themselves in a totally different way. They may see loads of fat whereas they are probably just skin and bones. They’ve probably had some impact from seeing thin people online or in magazines but these are false representations of true beauty. They may not eating for a long time and when they do eat they may eat as little as possible. When they exercise they may feel overly tired when doing so but keep going.
Bulimia Nervosa: A lot of people have bulimia and anorexia in which they may want to be as skinny as the people they see online and starve but then when the you do eat they feel guilty and purge (purposely be sick). But sometimes it’s just bulimia in which they just do the second part. They may eat loads in front of others to make it seem like nothing is wrong and the be sick when they are alone.
Binge Eating: People who binge eating may not actually like the fact they eat a lot. They may be trying to deal with something in their personal lives like a mental health disorder. The way they cope may be by eating sugary things or cards or just whatever they really like. Nice food does make you feel better so it is a rational reason.
How to help someone with anxiety eating disorder?
Someone with any of these eating disorders just needs someone who understands. They need encouragement to eat healthily and live a healthy lifestyle. If their you need to gain some weight and they’ve been influenced by their you media them show them athletes. They are thin but still in good health and they exercise in are healthy way and eat good food everyday. If they need to lose some weight then try encourage them to go to the gym and eat healthy food and if they are responsible dealing with something show them there’s better ways to deal with it.
– Willow xx
*Disclaimer: Everything written is from my own knowledge apart from the definition. I am not a professional. Nothing is intended to offend anyone. This is just to raise awareness.*