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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Bariatrics, blog, Preventive Medicine, Wellness | 0 comments

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders


Many young girls in spite of being underweight starve themselves and deprive their body of nutritious food, which is more like inviting their own curse. Women of all shapes, size and age including extremely thin models with ideal body weight, have learned to be unhappy with their weight. Whether borne of popular culture or otherwise, this dissatisfaction can lead to harmful eating disorders. Eating disorders are psychiatric illnesses that have a negative bearing on one’s physical health.

Eating disorders are psychiatric illnesses that have a negative bearing on one’s physical health.

Causes of eating disorders

  • Social
  • A culture obsessed with thinness
  • Genetics
  • Emotional stress
  • Peer pressure


Anorexia Nervosa: self-starvation/fasting.

Bulimia Nervosa: binge eating usually followed by self-induced vomiting.

Binge Eating Disorder: bingeing followed by misuse of laxatives or diuretics.

Pica: eating of non-food substance, like clay, hair, chalk, etc.

Victims: Teens and adult women

Alert Signs

Fear of gaining weight

Irregular menstruation

Refusing to eat in public

Compulsive exercise

Hair loss

Self esteem is tied to how thin they appear to be


Warning Signs & Physical Consequences

Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) – the depletion of both body fat and protein

Eating disorders are psychiatric illnesses that have a negative bearing on physical health

  • Malnutrition affecting brain functioning and judgment
  • Lethargy, confusion, delirium
  • Blood pressure falls
  • Many deaths occur due to heart failure, liver ceases to function
  • Impaired immune response and anaemia

Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Enlisting professional help as soon as abnormal eating patterns develop.
  • Parents should not insist their child go on a diet unless instructed by a physician.
  • Do not tease people about their body shapes or compare them to others.
  • Family therapy where it is made evident that family members are loved and accepted as they are.
  • Eating meals together as a family whenever possible.
  • Avoiding eating in times of stress.
  • Monitoring negative self-talk and practising positive attitude.
  • Not going on extreme diets.
  • Being alert to signs of anxiety, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse and seeking help as soon as these signs appear.


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