101 “If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.” Louise L. Hayes Sad Truth. In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying they would prefer to have cancer, lose both their parents, or live through a nuclear holocaust than to be fat. Over 1/2 of teen girls and nearly 1/3 of teen boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives. 25% of 1st graders admit to being on a diet. • Cultural pressures that glorify ”thinness” and place value on obtaining the “perfect body.” • Psychological factors like low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, lack of control. • Interpersonal struggles with troubled relationships, difficulty expressing emotions, history of physical abuse or teasing. • Biological factors like possible genetic connection and biochemical imbalances in the brain. quud ? #1 You can tell a person has an eating disorder because they’re really thin. #2 People with an eating disorder can stop, they just don’t want to. #3 Men don’t have eating disorders. #4 Overweight or normal-weight people can’t have eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa Orthorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Exercise Bulimia (form of purging) Binge Eating Disorder Warning Signs Dramatic weight loss Extreme fear of gaining weight Health Consequences Slow heart rate and low blood pressure (heart failure) Preoccupation with food, calories, fat Osteoporosis grams, dieting Food restrictions Dehydration/Kidney failure Food rituals Dry hair and skin Avoidance of mealtime or eating with Lanugo others She doesn’t see what you see. Anorexia has one of the highest death rates of any mental health condition. Warning Signs Fixation with healthy or righteous eating Blames self instead of diet for their constant hunger Specific feelings towards different types of foodsbased on societal trends, recent illness, or hearing something negative about food type or group. Health Consequences Severe malnutrition or death Lowers self-esteem Warning Signs Regular intake of large amounts of foods with self induced “purging” Loss of control over eating behaviors Swelling of cheeks and jaw Health Consequences Digestive system damage Electrolyte imbalance leading to irregular heartbeats/heart failure Inflammation of esophagus Discolored teeth Tooth decay Calluses on knuckles Chronic, irregular bowel movements and constipation Rituals to make time for binging and purging cycles Warning Signs Health Consequences Compulsive exercising to burn calories and fat reserves If amount of calories burned exceeds intake, result is same as anorexia Missing parties, school, work in order to exercise Work outs while injured or sick Becoming unusually depressed if unable to exercise Working out for hours at a time each day-no rest Warning Signs Health Consequences Frequent episodes of eating large amounts of foods w/o purging Obesity Feeling out of control with eating behaviors High cholesterol High blood pressure Heart disease Eating when not hungry or in secret Shame and disgust regarding behaviors. Diabetes Gallbladder disease Studies show with the appropriate level of treatment, 60% of people experience a full recovery. It’s a long, slow process.