Helping News                                                   May, 2011   Issue 34

Eating Disorders:

Eating disorders can be treated and sufferers can return to a healthy weight. The sooner these disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome will likely be. 
Eating disorders are complex, and treating them involves development of a comprehensive plan that involves medical care and monitoring, psychological support and interventions, nutritional counseling, and, when necessary, medication. 
People with eating disorders often do not recognize or admit that they are ill. As a result, they may strongly resist getting and staying in treatment. As many as 5-8 percent of females in America suffer from these disorders.
Family members and trusted friends individuals can be helpful in ensuring that the person with an eating disorder receives needed treatment and rehabilitation. For some people, treatment may be long term.

Binge-eating episodes are associated with the following symptoms: 
excessive eating in a fixed timeframe 
eating much more rapidly than normal 
eating until feeling uncomfortably full 
eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry 
eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating 
feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating 
marked distress about the binge-eating behavior 
The binge eating typically occurs, on average, at least 2 days a week for 6 months

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa include: 
Recurrent episodes of binge eating, 
characterized by eating an excessive 
amount of food in a short amount of time, 
and a feeling of lack of control over eating 
during the binging episode 
Repeated behavior to compensate
 for the binging and prevent weight gain, 
such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of 
laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications (purging), fasting, or excessive exercise 
Binging and purging, on average, at least 2 times a week for 3 months or more 
Self-image is unduly dependent on body shape 

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include: 
Resistance to staying at a body weight that is at or above the minimum healthy weight for age and height 
Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight 
Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight 
Delayed onset of first menstrual period 
Infrequent or absent menstrual periods (in females who have reached puberty) 

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