An eating disorder is an unhealthy association with food that affects both the people who have this disease and the love ones of the person who are affected. There are two main classes of eating compulsions-either eating too much or eating too little.
Both kinds of eating disorders are a serious problem and this issue needs to be attended to right away. It will take the intervention of supportive friends, family, and professionals to see a person with an eating disorder through to the other side. However, an understanding of this condition is also required.
Three Eating Disorders Explained
Within the two main classes of eating disorders there are three main types of fixations with food. You may have heard of one or more of these as briefly described below.
Bulimia nervosa – This is a health condition characterized by first binging (taking in far too much food during mealtime or snack time than nutritionally necessary) and then purging (forcing the food out of the stomach via vomiting by gagging or by fecal expulsion after taking excess laxatives).
Anorexia nervosa – An individual affected by this condition is one who typically eats far less calories than is required to maintain good health. Oftentimes a person who is anorexic not only starves him or herself but he/she also might in addition exercise compulsively as a result of being fixated with weight and body size.
Binge – Eating disorder (or compulsive eating)-A person who suffers this disorder may continue eating even though he/she is way beyond full. Oftentimes people who have a low self-esteem and people who are lonely will use binge eating as a comfort tool. However, sometimes they cannot stop eating even if they are way beyond full.
These explanations leave out quite a bit of facts pertaining to eating disorders. However, it is basically a general idea of what various types of disorders are like.
Now, you will be introduced to possible ways to get rid of eating disorders
- Medical examination and hospitalization – This may be needed if serious health problems result from eating far too much or far too little. For example, if a person who does not eat right ends up suffering a heart attack or has difficulty breathing they may be required to be taken to the emergency room.
However, the hospitalization aspect may be more than that. It may require psychiatric treatment that requires a combination of medicinal and psychological treatments. This is an extreme case in which outpatient counseling or medical care may not be enough.
- Psychological counseling – Some cases of anorexia, bulimia, or binge disorders may be treatable with just seeking the right psychological counselor. Typically a patient with an eating disorder may see a professional counselor once or twice a week.
Ideally, a person who seeks outpatient counseling for an eating disorder has already sought more intensive inpatient hospitalization and treatment. However, it may not be necessary in every case for the patient to see intensive treatment for milder cases of compulsive eating.
- Prescription medications or supplements – No medication exists specifically for controlling an eating disorder. However, certain prescription drugs or over-the-counter supplements can help control appetite, block fat, or burn fat.
Certain prescription medications and herbal supplements can also help take the edge off any depression, anxiety, or other related feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, apprehension, fear, or terror. Other kinds of supplements help supply increased fiber to the body to help regulate a person’s digestive system as they work to eat a healthier diet.
WARNING – Not all prescribed medications or over-the-counter herbal supplements are recommended for people with eating disorders. The reason why is if a person who suffers this kind of disease thinks they can keep the weight off these remedies in and of themselves can also be abused. A person with an officially-diagnosed eating disorder should be carefully monitored through out medicinal treatment, and regular doctor checkups are recommended.