Eating Disorders

“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.
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You can tell a person has an eating
disorder because they’re really thin.
People with an eating disorder can stop,
they just don’t want to.
Men don’t have eating disorders.
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
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
 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
 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
 If amount of calories burned
exceeds intake, result is same as
 Missing parties, school,
work in order to exercise
 Work outs while injured or
 Becoming unusually
depressed if unable to
 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.

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