Category Archives: binge eating

Different types of children eating disorders

Children Eating disorders are very common among children and teens as it can cause serious changes in their eating habits that can lead to life threatening health problems. The different types of children eating disorders include Anorexia, Bulimia and binge eating. In children and teenagers, these eating disorders can also overlap as some children can experience an alternate periods of bulimia and anorexia. These children eating disorders are generally developed during early adulthood or adolescence but are can also develop in childhood. Females are more vulnerable to these eating disorders as compared to males. The different cause of these eating disorders include distress, low self esteem, fear of being overweight and feelings of helplessness. It can also lead to more serious consequences like substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders.

anorexia mirror

Anorexia - it is a condition in which the child does not eat or refuses to eat adequate calories in an irrational or intense fear of becoming fat. The children and teens suffering from this condition have distorted body image as they feel that they are very heavy. These children are obsessed with being too thin and refuses even to maintain a minimal normal weight.

Symptoms of Anorexia include Always dieting, Perfectionism, depression, being self critical and anxiety, Compulsive or excessive exercising, Intense fear of being fat even when the child is underweight, Rapid weight loss, Strange eating habits and Unusual interest in food

Anorexia can also have many other health problems like low blood pressure, thinning of bones, sensitivity to cold, irregular heartbeat and damage of major organs. This condition is very fatal and can cause electrolyte imbalance and cardiac arrest. Bringing the children or teens to their normal weight is the primary aim of treatment and the long term treatment include psychotherapy, behavioral therapy and anti depressant medication.

Bulimia - it is the condition in which they overeats or binges but then he/she purges the food by using laxatives or vomiting for preventing weight gain. They eat too much in a short duration of time and may fell ashamed or disgusted after eating and then to prevent weight gain they may use enemas, diuretics, laxatives and diet pills after which they feel relived.

The symptoms of bulimia include anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, excessive exercise, mood swings, vomiting after eating, unusual interest in food, overemphasis on physical appearance and unusual eating habits. The complications that this condition can have on children include swelling of salivary glands, inflammation of esophagus and damage of tooth enamel. The treatment of bulimia includes nutritional counseling, group therapy, behavior modification and anti depressant medication.

Binge eating - it is a condition in which the child gorge rapidly on food without purging. It includes chronic and out of control eating of large mount of food in a short duration until a point of discomfort. These children tend to become obese or overweight and they may struggle to handle emotions. This condition is triggered by boredom, sadness, stress, worry or anger. Generally binge eaters are very upset about their overeating and tend to become depressed.

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is the state of the inability to maintain a healthy eating procedure for a surmountable duration of time that it will inevitably affect the health of an individual. People who suffer from eating disorders are bound to develop and exhibit physical and mental health problems that can become detrimental. What is an eating disorder is a question that is brought forward by majority of the society.

eating disorder

Many people have phased of this conditions as a fad or life choice while it has been proven to actually be rooted from the psychological setting of a human being to simply follow through without the ability to control it on their own. Majority of the victims of eating disorder conditions are seen to have a severely entailed and strongly rooted vision towards their own self image due to past experiences such as child abuse, low self esteem, lack of self acknowledgement, bullying, cultural pressure, parental influence, peer pressure etc.

Types of eating disorders:

1. Compulsive eating disorder. This is the state of eating disorder in which a person finds themselves under uncontrollable states of ingesting large amounts of foods at a go. After such an experience the person is enveloped under a state of guilt and depression. Majority of the people who engage in compulsive eating disorder are seen to do this especially when they feel pressured in any moment of their lives and can equally engage in this habit at almost any time of day or night. This condition also involves the ability of a person to continue to eat large amounts of food even after they are uncomfortably full form eating especially if they are undergoing huge amounts of pressure.

2. Binge eating disorder. This eating disorder possesses very little difference to the compulsive eating disorder. The binge eating disorder entails the abnormal consumption of large amounts of food whether one is hungry or not and this event can continue well past the uncomfortable state of being full. This eating disorder is usually depicted by distressed people who try to hide their problems and experience a great sense of shame, guilt and disgust.

3. Bulimia Nervosa. This condition is observed by first eating large amounts of food and then the eater intentionally rids their bodies of the food content ingested either by ingesting laxative to quicken the digestion or by pocking the throat in order to puke it all out. This is a serious condition in which the individual is unable to control their food desires and ingestion process. They are afraid of gaining weight and will much rather dispose of the food as fast as possible before it is fully absorbed into the body system. This can lead to severe health and life threatening conditions such as heart damage, anxiety disorders, dental damage, kidney damage, damage of the digestive system etc.

4. Anorexia nervosa. Is considered to be a life threatening condition as a person will attribute characteristics of starving oneself and even deny their own hunger until their bodies are craving for nutrition at the very lowest limit of activeness. Majority of the people involved in this eating disorder are mainly afraid of gaining weight and will normally exhibit weight that is much lower than their average BMI. As already witness this uncontrollable eating disorder will not only develop risky health conditions and diseases due to lack of enough nutrition but is also seen to lead to death of an individual.