I feel like everyone...

Jack Berkey's picture
I feel like everyone usually ends their posts with a question, so today I feel like starting mine with one. That being said, in general, do you think that people who suffer from the three main eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, also suffer from mental issues? They are typically perfectionists with low self-esteem and are very critical of themselves. Furthermore, those affected by these eating disorders typically deny having the problem in the first place. Those most affected by eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 35. Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed to those who are at least 15 percent under their normal healthy weight. These individuals refuse to eat, exercise obsessively, or force themselves to vomit, and because of that their body starts to suffer from starvation. Bulimia nervosa can be diagnosed to someone of any body weight, but they are typically at a higher body weight than those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. These individuals overeat, then purge themselves immediately after. The consequences of being a bulimic include dehydration and throat and mouth issues due to excessive vomiting. Binge eating disorder is diagnosed to those who eat an uncontrollable amount of food in one sitting, but who do not purge themselves after. The consequences of individuals with this disorder include obesity, diabetes, and mental distress. What these disorders all have in common is that there is a link between the emotional problems and the physical problems that people with these disorder face. In order to treat each of these, you have to address the physical issues first in order to get these people back to normal weight, then to address the mental issues that caused the disorders in the first place. While this topic has been discussed more frequently here on MSC, I think it is an important one that deserves a lot of attention.