Eating disorders are a serious mental illnesses plaguing the younger generations of today’s world. The struggle to be the fittest, the skinniest, and most physically desirable is a huge competition between men and women alike.
With money now being a huge factor determining whether or not a person will emerge the most attractive because of all the cosmetic surgery possible to the highest bidder, the beauty game is forever evolving.
Social Pressure and Development of Eating Disorders
For example, the times have changed to a point in which a person isn’t simply “ugly” anymore, they just don’t have the money to pay cosmetic surgeons to be what society considers to be gorgeous. The old adage, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder is now a fallacy because most of what is shoved down young people’s minds and throats is the same body type, same skin pigmentation, and the same look as a whole.
It is unhealthy for these young girls to be obsessed with Instagram, Tik-Tok, and Facebook, only to believe that they are ugly because they do not have the features present in just about every girl blasted all over the internet. It’s poison and really should be demonized for what it is doing to these girls’ psyches.
Girls turn to eat disorders such as anorexia or bulimia in order to get their weight down when a lot of time they’re nowhere near overweight in the first place.
Icarus Behavioral Health has many different treatment options when it comes to eating disorders, and if you or a loved one is struggling to find treatment, calling or texting Icarus could be your first step in recovery from this deadly disease.
What are the Types of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can come in a few different shapes and sizes. Most eating disorders manifest in women, however, they do occasionally take a hold in men as well.
Whether eating too much or too little, unhealthy interactions with food can be defined as eating disorders.
The first type of eating disorder is called “Anorexia nervosa”. According to a study published on the National Institute of Mental Health Website, “Anorexia nervosa is a condition where people avoid food, severely restrict food, or eat very small quantities of only certain foods. They also may weigh themselves repeatedly. Even when dangerously underweight, they may see themselves as overweight.
There are two subtypes of anorexia nervosa: a restrictive subtype and a binge-purge subtype.
Restrictive: People with the restrictive subtype of anorexia nervosa severely limit the amount and type of food they consume.
Binge-Purge: People with the binge-purge subtype of anorexia nervosa also greatly restrict the amount and type of food they consume. In addition, they may have binge-eating and purging episodes—eating large amounts of food in a short time followed by vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics to get rid of what was consumed
Anorexia nervosa can be fatal. It has an extremely high death (mortality) rate compared with other mental disorders. People with anorexia are at risk of dying from medical complications associated with starvation. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.”
Bulimia nervosa another disorder listed in a study on the National Institute of Mental Health. It is a condition where people have recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control over these episodes. This binge-eating is followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors. People with bulimia nervosa may be slightly underweight, normal weight, or overweight.
Symptoms include a Chronically inflamed and sore throat. Swollen salivary glands in the neck and jaw area. Worn tooth enamel and increasingly sensitive and decaying teeth as a result of exposure to stomach acid. Acid reflux disorder and other gastrointestinal problems. Intestinal distress and irritation from laxative abuse. Severe dehydration from purging of fluids. Electrolyte imbalance (too low or too high levels of sodium, calcium, potassium, and other minerals) which can lead to stroke or heart attack.
Another eating disorder common amongst those with the disorder is Binge-eating disorder. It is a condition where people lose control over their eating and have reoccurring episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorders often are overweight or obese.
Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States symptoms include: Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as a 2-hour period. Eating even when you’re full or not hungry. Eating fast during binge episodes. Eating until you’re uncomfortably full. Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment. Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about your eating. Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss.
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, there is one more disorder prevalent with eating disorders. It is called Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), previously known as a selective eating disorder, is a condition where people limit the amount or type of food eaten. Unlike anorexia nervosa, people with ARFID do not have a distorted body image or extreme fear of gaining weight.
ARFID is most common in middle childhood and usually has an earlier onset than other eating disorders. Many children go through phases of picky eating, but a child with ARFID does not eat enough calories to grow and develop properly, and an adult with ARFID does not eat enough calories to maintain basic body function.
Dramatic restriction of types or amount of food eaten. Lack of appetite or interest in food. Dramatic weight loss. Upset stomach, abdominal pain, or other gastrointestinal issues with no other known cause. Limited range of preferred foods that become even more limited (“picky eating” that gets progressively worse). Among these many manifestations of eating disorders, all are just as scary and dangerous as the last.
Finding Eating Disorder Treatment: New Mexico
Surprisingly enough, there are many effective treatment options that have shown many promising outcomes.
According to another study on PUBMED, “Family-based therapy, a type of psychotherapy where parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa assume responsibility for feeding their child, appears to be very effective in helping people gain weight and improve eating habits and moods.
To reduce or eliminate binge-eating and purging behaviors, people may undergo cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is another type of psychotherapy that helps a person learn how to identify distorted or unhelpful thinking patterns and recognize and change inaccurate beliefs.”
Evidence also suggests that medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers may also be helpful for treating eating disorders and other co-occurring illnesses such as anxiety or depression. This depends on the latest information on medication approvals, warnings, and patient information guides.
Find Effective Eating Disorder Treatment at Icarus
One thing is for sure, for top eating disorder treatments, reaching out to Icarus Behavioral Health provides the best options. They have some of the best reviews on the internet and are industry leaders when it comes to treating eating disorders.
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