Eating Disorders

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What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are serious eating behaviors, which can be fatal if left untreated. They include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.

Anorexia nervosa is characterized as becoming too thin (see malnutrition) when persons do not eat enough because they think they are fat.

Bulimia nervosa involves periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives.

Binge eating is out-of-control eating, often to the point of being uncomfortable. It is similar to bulimia but without purging.

Compulsive overeating has been classified as a separate eating disorder by some and included with binge eating by others. It has been called an addiction to food. Persons with compulsive overeating use food to cope with their feelings, which leads to obesity. Like those who suffer from binge eating, compulsive over-eaters are at risk of heart attack, high blood-pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease and/or failure, arthritis and bone deterioration, and stroke.

Who gets eating disorders?

Women are more likely than men to have eating disorders. They usually start in the teenage years and often occur along with depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.

 Recovery from Eating Disorders

Physical recovery from an eating disorder takes time, patience, and strategy. Reintroducing foods and nutrients too quickly can cause additional problems. The eating disorder recovery process begins with rebuilding the body’s digestive system Once basic digestive functioning is on the mend, it may be time to begin reintroducing nutritional supplements.

If you are recovering from an eating disorders the first nutritional supplements to be reintroduced are potassium and zinc. The preferred form of potassium is potassium chelate in a powder capsule form. If you are still purging, wait at least an hour to purge after taking potassium. When you allow yourself to wait an hour after consuming something, you may find that your desire to get rid of the food is reduced.

Along with potassium, zinc must also be reintroduced in proper levels. A lack of zinc impairs the ability to smell and taste. When zinc levels have been increased in women suffering form anorexia, all reported an increase in appetite and renewed ability to experience taste.

Next comes the introduction of the B vitamins, along with amino acids. Amino acids are especially important, because they affect the body’s hunger and desire to sleep. The improper balance of amino acids can lead to depression, sleeplessness, fatigue, lack of hunger, or intense cravings

Along with the B vitamins already mentioned, there are a variety of other vitamins essential to proper digestion and physiological functioning:

Vitamin A: This vitamin aids in maintaining the proper functioning of the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat, lungs, ears and other organs. It aids in vision and is necessary for healthy skin, bones, and teeth.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1): Thiamine helps change glucose into energy or fat, assists with oxygen distribution to the body, aids in digestive functioning, and helps maintain proper functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Choline, Inositol, and B6: These vitamins aid in the production of blood and the use of fats.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): In combination with vitamin A, riboflavin promotes good vision and healthy skin. It also assists in metabolizing proteins and fats at a cellular level.

Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12): This B vitamin aids in the functioning of cells in the nervous system, bone marrow, and intestinal tract, increasing metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Biotin (Vitamin H): This vitamin also aids in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Symptoms of deficiency include dry, peeling skin and depression.

Folic Acid: Folic Acid is necessary for cellular division and the production of RNA and DNA. It is also needed for the utilization of sugar and amino acids. Fatigue, dizziness, and grayish-brown skin are all symptoms of deficiency.

Niacin: Niacin is important for tissue respiration, brain and nervous system functioning, and healthy skin.

Ascorbic Acid:(Vitamin C): This powerhouse vitamin is important to the body’s connective tissues and for the development of healthy bones and teeth, cellular formation and maturation, resistance to infection, and an increased ability to heal.

Vitamin D:Vitamin D aids in the absorption, retention, and metabolizing of calcium.



10 Replies to “Eating Disorders”

  1. I think this is an important topic that isn’t very much talked about. Eating disorders could be fatal for human beings, but a lot of times we don’t even realize that you have one. I, personally, never realized being too thin was an eating disorder until I was much older. This article definitely provides good information and the fact that it also gives ways to recover from eating disorder is great!

  2. This is a series problem that is affecting so many people worldwide. I watched a program many years ago about a lady that had this problem, it is a true story. The end results were as doctors tried to help her she die and at a very young age.
    What you are sharing will be of great help to some many people who are facing or know of someone that is battling this problem.

  3. One of the serious problems I have is not being able to get the right kinds of foods due to expense. I wind up eating too much of the “white” foods and not enough vegetables and fruits because they are too expensive for me.

    I have found I’m seriously deficient on potassium and have been in the hospital being put on IV with potassium because I was dangerously low on that nutrient.

    I am on disability and can no longer do physical labour due to poor health. I am trying to make an income online in order to be able to get better foods for myself. I have been barred from the SNAP program because they required my tax information from 2016, which is no good because I was making much more back then and this alone would disqualify me from the program.

    From what I understand, taking vitamins in pill form, you only get about 6% benefit from them, which actually makes those a waste of money.

    How can one be overweight and malnourished at the same time? It can happen.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      There is different between overweight and being healthy. As you said you are eating more of white food which the content is mostly starch. It does not contain the ingredients to be healthy. When you are over weight it is more likely that you are not eating those things your body needs but facing only a type of diet which blows you up.

      I advice you to buy a healthy food no matter how little your finance is than using it to buy only one type of food that is not too healthy. Fruits and vegetables are not too costly at times.

  4. Hi and thanks for the article. This topic needs more of a platform in today’s society, as there is so much pressure on people to look a certain way in magazines, television and media. I have personally know 2 people, a male and female who suffered through eating disorders. I watched the strain it out on their families as they tried to help them. Thank goodness one recovered and another is still being treated. 

    Thank you again for highlighting these horrible eating disorders. I hope others who visit tour site are inspired by your blog. Take care, kenny.

    1. Hi Kenny,

      Eating disorder has turned out to another thing in recent years as people are so much concerned about their shape and size and how they look and what people think of them. It has taken many people to a strange realm of emotional world that they can do everything to satisfy what their emotion tells them about them. Some see eating as an abomination.

      Thanks for sharing

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