How’s Your Diet Going?

                                                 E.K. (Student Staff Leader)

“When you starve yourself, you feed your demons”, as this quote demonstrates, eating occupies a big proportion of our lives. These days, beauty starts in mirror. People believe that if they eat what they’ve always eaten, they will weigh what they’ve always weighed. So, they take extra steps to withstand the greed of eating foods. Eating disorder is a disease which is caused by this inappropriate thoughts and minds which come from stress related to foods. Anorexia and Bulimia are two main diseases which current people suffer from.

Bulimia and anorexia sound similar but share differences. Anorexia is a sickness which people get when they have a fear of weight gain and a distorted view of their body size and shape. According to a research of MHN (Mental Help Net), people who suffer from anorexia eat very little and can become dangerously underweight. Many teens with anorexia restrict themselves not to intake foods by diet or excessive exercise. When they eat foods, the small amount of food becomes an obsession in terms of ‘calorie’. In addition, others with anorexia start binge eating. After intake foods, they try to get rid of the calories by vomiting.

Bulimia is another type of eating disorder. People with bulimia eat a large amount of food at once. Sometimes, they eat food that is not cooked or still frozen. Some people even retrieve food from trash. According to a research people with bulimia typically feel powerless to stop eating and can only stop when they are too full to intake foods anymore. They also vomit foods to justify their over-eating. If people with anorexia and bulimia keep the eating disorder, they will not be able to have balanced lives both physically and mentally.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center mentioned that “Eating disorders profoundly impact an individual’s quality of life: self-image, relationships and physical well-being. The process of starvation can affect most organ systems. Physical signs will be occurred including low heart rate, lack of menstrual periods, and hypotension. Complication such as tearing the esophagus, rupturing stomach, and developing life-threatening irregularities of the heart rhythm may also result.

To cure the disorders, first step in eating disorder recovery is admitting that relentless pursuit of thinness is out of our control. Next step is talking to someone to get support and understand the problems. Final step is seeking professional help. The advice and support of trained eating disorder professionals can help to regain health and learn to eat normally again.

With those solutions, people with eating disorder will be able to obtain opportunities to stay healthy with normal eating routines. As eating is one of crucial aspects of our lives, all of us should have proper eating behaviors. We cannot deny that having slim body brings happiness. However, happiness always brings beauty and confidence breeds beauty as well. We should be confidential about our own and be our own kinds of beautiful.

 

Reference
“TOP RATED for Finding Help for Eating Disorders Such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder.” EDReferral.com, www.edreferral.com/consequences.