Different types of eating disorders and their causes

People eat for different reasons that can be healthy or unhealthy. Without them knowing; This can lead to eating disorders. When mentioning the word eating disorder, it is easy to assume that this only points towards the habit of binge eating. However, this is not true as there are those who eat very small amounts of food to the point that their bodies cannot have enough nutrients and minerals for normal function. The result of these types of disorders can be seen in overweight or underweight people.

There are three main types of eating disorders that most people have around the world. There is anorexia nervosa, which is where a person tries to keep their weight at a certain level by controlling the amount of food they eat. This is considered a disorder, as those with this condition can go to the extreme of not eating fully or starving for that particular shape or body weight.

The second type is bulimia, which is a practice carried out by those who intend to control their weight at all costs. For some, this means using any means available, including the use of medication, to help them get rid of food that they feel is too much. These types of people may even pretend they are sick to get the kind of medicine they think will help them maintain their weight.

The last is the binge in which a person is forced or feels like eating. As the need increases, the person ends up consuming more food than necessary. This is a common condition among those dealing with underlying issues like stress, depression, rejection, and the loss of a loved one, among other factors. Most people with this type of eating disorder end up gaining weight, which could be dangerous if left untreated.

Social pressure is attributed to the increase in cases of this form of disorder. Women, for example, are judged by society based on their body size. To some extent, this has spread to the labor market and is pushing people to use all means to obtain the appeal that is considered acceptable by social standards.

With constant research, pressure is believed to be just one of the causes of this condition. There are other causes that involve psychological disorders, self-esteem, anxiety among others that are directly related to cases of this form of disorder.

Written by Sadik D Duraiswamy

September 5, 2020
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