Eating disorders develop in both male and females. Don’t think that eating disorders asked for this to happen to them. It’s not their fault, there are reasons to how they developed an eating disorder except no one can really pin point the exact reason. Here some factors :
- Gender – females are at a higher risk, particularly after puberty
- Genetics – the risk of developing anorexia increases 10-fold if another family member has developed anorexia
- Personality traits – characteristics such as perfectionism, negative self- evaluation and food obsessions
- Dieting – dieting is the most common feature and a trigger for the condition
- Traumatic events – physical, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying at school, death or illness of a family member can all trigger or exacerbate the condition
No one should blame someone with an eating disorder for anything. It causes more trouble for them and may develop more stress upon themselves. Scare tactics are also not good option to try and get someone out of the their disorder. It’s no point really, it will take more than an year for someone to fully recover and you should take note of that and should be patient about it. No of course it won’t be easy, it will be hard with the one you dearly loved who is suffering. It will be hard for both you and the sufferer. Again though you have to be patient about it.
You may see some extreme changes in the one who is suffering. That is all part of the eating disorder behavior. Things like :
- Lost interest in their hobbies
- Constantly weighing themselves
- Like cooking for others but won’t eat it themselves
- Over exercising
- Personality change
If you know someone who may see to be having these symptoms, there is defiantly nothing wrong in asking for help, by either checking up with a doctor or talking to their family members. It is a serious disorder, and people need to take note of having to treat a sufferer equally and always stick by them. It is always good to talk to the sufferer about it as it can help to let out all their frustration out. You may not understand anything about an eating disorder but it is always important to accept the fact a sufferer is like this and it is not their fault but a cry for help.
Here some more symptoms of an eating disorder more particular in anorexia nervosa :
- Being afraid of gaining weight
- Feeling fat despite being very thin
- Preoccupation with food, such as obsessive calorie counting
- Rapid weight loss and not wanting to eat
- Maintaing a body weight below ones healthy resting weight
- Obsessive weighing
- Amenorrhea in women – irregular or absent menstrual cycle
- Feeling depressed and irritable
- Denying that anything is wrong
Again if you find that you know someone or yourself having to have these similar symptoms, it is important that you do need to call/ask for help!
In recovery in an eating disorder, here are some tips that you may need to note on;
- Make sure to have someone eating with the person suffering as they can’t be really trusted eating y themselves
- Make sure they aren’t being sneaky while eating as they can somehow hide the food
- Don’t shout at them, because it may trigger them to become angry
- Don’t blame them for anything
- Always talk to them if needed
- Try and get them back into their interest of their hobbies
- Don’t talk about anything to do with the word ‘fat’ ‘skinny’ ‘diet’ and so on in front of them
- Cook for them instead and make sure they eat everything
- Make sure they have all three meals with snacks in between
- Make sure they don’t go to the bathroom or wonder off mischievously after a meal or snack. Stay with them for a while then let them go
- Make sure they don’t exercise
- Always check up on them where ever they are
- Make sure they aren’t self harming themselves
- Make sure they aren’t constantly looking at themselves in the mirror
- And don’t treat them as a sick person
It’s more suitable to get professional help like a psychologist as they have more knowledge and can help further in recovery. Or a most effective help is a multidimensional treatment that consists of nutritional rehabilitation, medical attention, individual cognitive psychotherapy, and family counselling or therapy.
There are type of different eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating. They are all serious disorders that needs to be a watch out for.
Well I hope this gave a few people some helps and tips. This post is mainly on Anorexia Nervosa as I’m actually a sufferer.
Okay take care ^^ ~
P.S: If you want more info or want to ask any questions, feel free to ask 🙂