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.

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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.