Eating disorders!

Eating disorders

An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill.

It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape.

But there are treatments that can help, and you can recover from an eating disorder.

Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 17 years old.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AN EATING DISORDER

Emotional and behavioral

  • In general, behaviors and attitudes that indicate that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary concerns
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g., no carbohydrates, etc.)
  • Appears uncomfortable eating around others
  • Food rituals (e.g. eats only a particular food or food group [e.g. condiments], excessive chewing, doesn’t allow foods to touch)
  • Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals
  • Any new practices with food or fad diets, including cutting out entire food groups (no sugar, no carbs, no dairy, vegetarianism/veganism)
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Frequent dieting
  • Extreme concern with body size and shape 
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance
  • Extreme mood swings

Physical 

  • Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and down
  • Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
  • Menstrual irregularities — missing periods or only having a period while on hormonal contraceptives (this is not considered a “true” period)
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Abnormal laboratory findings (anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low white and red blood cell counts)
  • Dizziness, especially upon standing
  • Fainting/syncope
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Sleep problems
  • Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (a result of inducing vomiting)
  • Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity
  • Dry skin and hair, and brittle nails
  • Swelling around area of salivary glands
  • Fine hair on body (lanugo)
  • Cavities, or discoloration of teeth, from vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Yellow skin (in context of eating large amounts of carrots)
  • Cold, mottled hands and feet or swelling of feet
  • Poor wound healing
  • Impaired immune functioning

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Dresses in layers to hide weight loss or stay warm
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting. Makes frequent comments about feeling “fat.’
  • Resists or is unable to maintain a body weight appropriate for their age, height, and build
  • Maintains an excessive, rigid exercise regime – despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury

BULIMIA NERVOSA

  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or lots of empty wrappers and containers indicating consumption of large amounts of food
  • Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, signs and/or smells of vomiting, presence of wrappers or packages of laxatives or diuretics
  • Drinks excessive amounts of water or non-caloric beverages, and/or uses excessive amounts of mouthwash, mints, and gum
  • Has calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self- induced vomiting
  • Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, discoloration of teeth from vomiting, and tooth sensitivity 

BINGE EATING DISORDER

  • Secret recurring episodes of binge eating (eating in a discrete period of time an amount of food that is much larger than most individuals would eat under similar circumstances); feels lack of control over ability to stop eating
  • Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating, and/or feelings of low self-esteem
  • Steals or hoards food in strange places
  • Creates lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge sessions
  • Evidence of binge eating, including the disappearance of large amounts of food in a short time period or a lot of empty wrappers and containers indicating consumption of large amounts of food
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Do you struggle with eating disorders?Well here is a blog full of tips and advice for coping with eating disorders:

http://maxhealthily.com/what-is-an-eating-disorder/

I hope this is useful.Thank you for reading!

GRIEF…!

Grief can make us seem very selfish

Focusing only on the people we lost

Ignoring our loved ones around us

Not aware of the hurt and loss.

We miss events,parties and get togethers

We stare blank at people when they speak

Life totally feels dark and bleak.

It isn’t that we don’t care

It isn’t that we don’t want to take part

We just need time to adjust and learn

How to live with a broken heart.

The other side of grief…!

There is another side of grief

Where the tears still flow

Not as much.

Where memories bring smiles,

Not just sadness.

Where blessings are recognised,

Not just struggles.

Where you are remembered,

Not just mourned.

I miss you Sienna.

The ache

There’s an ache that’s in my heart,

It echos thunder through my chest,

It makes it hard to breathe,

So i just hold my breath.

The pain is hard to bear,

It hurts all through my body,

The ache is everywhere.

There’s no prescription drug,

That can take away this pain,

No miracle cures or pills,

It’s a hurt that will remain.

My heart goes out to you,

I know the pain your feeling,

Everyday i feel it too.

Life is now a struggle,

Just to get up everyday,

The ache that’s in my heart,

Will never go away.

I want you home…!

Oh Sienna,i want you home

I need you here now

I can’t bear living without you

Send me a sigh some how

What ever am i going to do

I need to know you’re okay

Please,where are you?

I miss you every day

I want to hold you

I need you by my side

I can’t accept it,Sister

Can’t accept you have died

I need to hear your voice

Just one more time

Just one more cuddle

To heal this heart of mine

Please show me a sign

If you can for me

I am forever missing you

And will for eternity.

Gifts for Earth’s atmosphere.

By sea,by land,by air

they come bearing gifts

to Earth’s atmosphere.

Nitrogen and Oxygen

were most generous

with their own gases.

And Argon and Carbon dioxide

also took pride

in giving themselves.

And water brought vapour

and crystals of ice,

and the ocean thought

a bouquet of salt

would be nice,

And the flowers

not to be outdone,

presented their pollen

in wind wrapped particles.

And from every direction,

earth’s atmosphere

received a shower of gifts-

including a sad windfall

of ashes and soot,

and gases that pollute.

X-ray

Call me x-ray.

X-ray will do.

i can see through you.

whether you skin

be black,white,

yellow or blue.

An inside view

is what i get.

That’s a fact mate.

I offer you

your skeleton

on a photographic plate.

One family

if i am made

of atoms and molecules,

and you are

made of atoms and molecules,

and all the

world is made

of atoms and molecules,

does this mean

the human race

belongs to one

family of atoms and molecules?

then why aren’t

we as together as

tadpoles in a pool?

they never teach

you this in

science at school.

Photosynthesis

when sunlight dances

on the tips

of leaves

and plants for joy

open their lips

to drink it in

and the breeze

makes a violin

of every tree

and even weeds

one by one

cry out for a kiss

of light and carbon dioxide

a sheer spree of green

is that all they mean?