Eating disorders are very serious conditions that are related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your emotions, your ability to function in important areas of your life, and above all – your health.
Binge-eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa are the most common eating disorders. Most eating disorders include obsessions with body shape, weight, and food, which leads to dangerous eating behaviors.
These behaviors may impact the ability of your body to get the required nutrition. Eating disorders can damage your digestive system, bones, heart, teeth, and mouth, and lead to other dangerous diseases. These disorders can develop at any age, but they usually develop in young adult years. However, with the treatment, you can reverse serious complications and return healthier eating habits.
It is still unknown what causes an eating disorder. There can be many causes, just like with other mental illnesses, such as society, emotional and psychological health, and genetics. Worth and success are usually equated with being slim in today’s culture. What people see in the media and the pressure by peers can fuel this desire to be slim.
People with eating disorders can have emotional and psychological problems that contribute to the disorder. They can have troubled relationships, impulsive behavior, perfectionism, and low self-esteem. Some people can have genes that increase their risk of developing an eating disorder, especially if they have first-degree relatives, such as parents or siblings.
What is it like?
Having an eating disorder is a special circle of hell that doesn’t look like it until it is too late. Eating is one of the most important parts of physical life, just like water. A lot of people who develop eating disorders are already anxious control freaks and when food becomes their obsession then the baseline anxiety level dramatically rises.
When a person has an eating disorder each meal is torture. That person cannot put a piece of food into his or her mouth without analyzing it down in order to determine how much calories it contains and planning where and how to purge it. Those people quickly become malnourished and everything goes mute and grey. They start to hate their bodies just because they need food. They cannot escape from it.
A person may even think to crawl out of his or her skin just because the body takes up too much space and his or her entire self is in gross excess. It is extremely dangerous to oppose the mind against the body. It can create disconnection which begins to convince you that you do not deserve sustenance. It may also convince you that you are a bad person who deserves all the suffering which you are going through.
Over time, a person begins to love the eating disorder, he or she curls up with it when feeling alone, and no matter what the disorder will never abandon you. At that point, the delusion is complete. Keep in mind that eating disorders do not occur overnight and neither does recovery.