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There is a way out

Support of family and psychological treatments are very important to help anorexics, bulimics and compulsive overeaters in order to cope with the eating disorders. Let us take a look at how to help the victims of eating disorders.  

Anorexics, bulimics and compulsive overeaters should seek help. They will probably be hospitalized initially to normalize their body functions. They should visit a psychologist or a counsellor to help them deal with their feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

People who suffer from an eating disorder need to be handled gently. Their self-esteem is at a rock-bottom level. They need to feel that they are in control of their lives and to be told that they are accepted and attractive just the way they are.

The counsellor will probably recommend behaviour modification therapy whereby the person is rewarded every time they reach a weight gain or weight loss target. Compulsive overeaters should try not to be alone for too long as far as possible. They should keep low calorie snacks around the house and try to distract themselves with physical activity every time they feel a craving for food.

Why is early intervention important?

Early intervention and right management of eating disorders is very important. Treating these disorders early can prevent their serious effects on the physical and emotional health of the person. If these disorders are not treated at an earliest, they can result in health disorders like hypertension, stroke, obesity, damage to the digestive system, depression, vitamin deficiency disorders, infertility etc. Early intervention can be possible by making a note of symptoms of these disorders.

What are the common symptoms of eating disorders?

Let us take a look at the common symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.

Symptoms of Anorexia

The person coping with anorexia may exhibit the following symptoms.
  • Striving extremely hard to lose weight
  • Obsessed about thin and slim looks
  • Completely restricting one’s self from eating
  • Close monitoring of weight due to fear of weight gain
  • Negative body image and drop in self-esteem
  • Missing periods in girls
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest in anything

Symptoms of Bulimia

Have a quick look at the symptoms that are common in bulimics.
  • Eating huge amounts of foods
  • Disability to control the overeating habit
  • Punishing one’s self for overeating with vomiting and purging
  • Exercising hard and fasting to combat the effect of overeating
  • Negative body image and very unsatisfied about their looks
  • Problems related to digestive system
Symptoms of Compulsive Overeating

Eating at lot of food over and over again unnecessarily is one of the typical symptoms of compulsive overeating. Children coping with compulsive overeating depend on food in order to cover their stress, guilt, fear, pressure, feeling of disgust or if something is bothering them etc. This obsession with food can also be a result of childhood habit of eating on and on.

If any of the symptoms are observed, immediate action must be taken. These problems can be solved with the help of psychotherapy, right care and monitoring, counselling and medication. If the problems have become worse, hospitalization may be advised.

Family can play a very important role in helping children find the way out. The support of family is very crucial in helping children get back to normal. Providing emotional support can help a lot to the victims of eating disorders to get rid of such disorders. Spending quality time with them, finding out what is bothering them, talking them, telling them about the importance of good nutrition and health, taking them on outings and vacations, helping them indulge in hobbies are the few thing family members can do to help the victims cope with such disorders.

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Leer.9 years ago
Leer.9 years ago
also, i've been looking @ the power 90 program. it sounds effective. theres a website you can go to to look it sounds like something some of yal are looking for. but before you try any workout program talk to your doctor first. luv always leer.
Sugarbaby0396.9 years ago
i know the feeling of being fat. even though i only weigh 115 pounds, everyday i struggle with what i am going to eat. i lost 45 pounds about 3 years ago in like 2 months, and go down to 105 pounds from i really know what it is like. i want to lose back down to 105, but i can't seem to find anything that works. will someone please let me in on some secretes to losing weight without having to kill yourself at the gym!!!!!
crystal.9 years ago
i am 20 years old and i have buliemia,i've been bulimic since i was 17,i went from 185 down to 125 in a matter of months,it started happening after i had a breast reduction,i wanted a body to match my chest,so i started throwing up,i was depressed all the time,i was dehydrated,cold,moody and my breath stinks,i'm trying to get help now,and i even gained alittle weight,sometimes i feel real fat but deep down inside i know i'm beautiful,as so people tell me,i don't have to be this way,and ladies,neither should you,i decided my fate along time ago,please don't be stupid like me and go down the same path,i pray that i get better someday and will do everything in my power to get there,love urself!
Leer.9 years ago
sugarbaby you seem to be almost at perfect weight. a little under maybe. so stop. you seem perfectly fine. and crystal im really happy for u that u learn to look over what u think and b healthy.
sad.9 years ago
i cant believe what happened to me...i gained im 115 at 5'8. i dont know how this happened, but i am so miserable.....what do i do.................................
Leer.9 years ago
sad, you shouldn't think that you weigh to much because at the height 5'8" you should be around 150 to 160 pounds. your not over wieght but actually very under. please start gaining weight and be healthy, eat more. it scares me when people like you that are too skinny think they are fat. i weigh 218 at 5'6" and thats when you need to lose wieght. not when your almost a stick. please, im begging you don't think that. i'll be praying for you.
sad.9 years ago
know what else sux? a mother who works for weight watchers and knows the exact range of weight you should be, and if you're unerweight, and always telling me that im underweight. if it's true, why cant i see that?
Whatever.9 years ago
sad,the reason you most likliy don't see that you'er underweight is because some miss understanding in your mind,people look at them selfe and put that they are fat in there head,even if they are not fat they still think they are,prhaps you should ask your doctor for some advice about your weight and what trigers the mind to think bad about it's body.and if you don't want to talk to a doctor then maybe you should do a little bit of research,when i did,i found that bulimia was trigerd by depression and persuer by looking at people that are thinner then you and wannting to look like them,anerexia is a disorder that starts in your head like most eating disorders exept anorexia kills you faster,you start to lose your apetite and then you cant take in food on your own.but if you feel bad about your selfe you have to see why you feel bad about your selfe,maybe you'er just depressed,or maybe you just hate your body,if you do hate your body you should really talk to a doctor about it.and you should look at who you are,iam suer your a nice person.and dont feel bad about your selfe it will drive you crazy if you do.
me.9 years ago
hi im a 15 year old girl im 171cm tall and i weigh 70kg am i over weight?.....
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