From February 23rd (doesn’t it seem like February hosts nearly every holiday in it) to March 1st, it is National Eating Disorder Week.
When we see someone morbidly obese, or horrifically skinning (these are two extremes), we do not typically view these as diseased disorders. Nevertheless, they are, and because science has finally laid a finger on them, we know that people struggle with eating disorders.
National Eating Disorders Week gives light and awareness to the devastating disorder that affects individuals, and these effects affect the family members of these people also. Teenagers play the highest risk (hence the ‘Parents Keep a Look Out’ title).
This (eating disorders) has become a problem because of the invention of media and marketing. Because of magazines, papers, TV, and now the internet (social media), that thrust images of ‘perfect bodied’ people, teenagers are most affected because they idolize more of what they see on TV in order to fit in.
And since this is a major problem, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has been formed (2001) to support people and families suffering this. They plan on giving better treatment, services, and preventative education as well.
Here are a small list of eating disorders, some known, some not: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating (defined as bingeing without the act of purging).
While the results of eating disorders are physical, the genesis of them are mental. Doctors do not clearly understand the pathophysiology of the disorder, with most stating there is ‘certainly both genetic and environmental components involved’.
There are plenty of things that may be going on in the mind of someone with an eating disorder; stress, malnutrition, shock, or injury. Research is starting to lean toward food allergies. Remember, foods act as drugs (or stimulants), therefore foods can affect our thoughts and moods.
Holistic naturopath doctors suggest mineral deficiencies play a big role (esp zinc and lithium in cases of anorexia nervosa), therefore enzymes need to be taken along with the 90-plus nutrients, as well as some helpful herbs.
Help the AWARENESS this week by sharing this article or and understand that these are real disorders.
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