Busting the myths around Eating Disorder
Eating disorder is a serious mental illness that involves irregular eating habits and distress and concern about their body weight, shape and related thoughts and emotions. It may include inadequate or excessive food intake, which can hamper an individual’s well being. The preoccupation and unbalanced eating habits starts to impact the body’s ability to get appropriate nutrition which in turn harms the heart, digestive system, bones and teeth, and mouth and sometimes leads to other diseases.
Types of Eating Disorders:
|Anorexia Nervosa||Bulimia Nervosa||Binge- Eating Disorder|
|Individuals, who have an intense fear of gaining weight, refuse to maintain healthy body weight and an unrealistic view of body image; deal with Anorexia Nervosa eating disorder. The individuals will fiercely limit the quantity of the food they consume and view them as overweight even when they’re under the weight and would weigh themselves repeatedly. Anorexia Nervosa eating disorder can cost individuals their health, such as multi-organ failure, bone loss, heart difficulties, and infertility.||Individuals, who have a recurrent and frequent episodes of binge eating which is followed by behaviors that compensate for the over-eating, such as forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or extreme use of laxative or diuretics. The binge eating and purging cycle is done as an act of guilt, shame and lack of control. Health problems like gastrointestinal problems, severe, and heart difficulties may be caused.||Individuals who frequently lose control over their eating are usually dealing with Binge-eating disorder. In this, binge eating is not followed by compensatory behaviors because many people who suffer from BED are obese or at the risk of developing other conditions like cardiovascular disease. People sometimes experience shame, guilt, and immense distress because of their binge eating which rather influences the progression of the eating disorder.|
Many people get confused about this disorder and confuse simple everyday situations to having a disorder. In order to be clear, here are some myths about eating disorder that you need to know:
Myth No. 1
You have to be underweight to have an eating disorder
Mental Illness doesn’t care whether you’re underweight or over-weight; it can happen to anyone anytime. It is about the undue influence of body weight or shapes on self-worth, distortion of body image and pervasive thoughts about the way to become thinner or the ideal weight according to the society.
Myth No. 2
Only teenage girls and young women are affected by eating disorders
It’s true that young women & girls aged 12-20 are at a greater risk of developing an eating disorder but studies have suggested that 25% of the people who are dealing with an eating disorder could be men. It can happen to anyone.
Myth No. 3
Families, particularly parents are to be blamed for eating disorders
This misconception has been so pervasive but the fact is there is no evidence that particular parenting styles are a direct cause of eating disorders. In the past, it was believed that the parents of the children who dealt with eating disorders were blamed. But according to researchers, families affected by eating disorders are very diverse. There is no single cause for the development of an eating disorder but a variety of predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors come together in at risk.
Myth No. 4
Eating disorders are just an adolescent “phase”, so they should be ignored and they will go away on their own
Eating disorder is not just an adolescent phase; it starts in the early teenage years in means to cope up with normal development tasks like identity formation or establishing independence. Asking or treating the eating disorder right is more helpful than leaving the child alone for dealing with the disorder alone.
Myth No. 5
To avoid conflict, parents should let their child with an eating disorder eat as much or as little that she/he wants, wherever, whenever and whatever the cost.
Some parents are scared or even terrorized by setting a limit or trying to discipline their children who deal with an eating disorder. They start to lose confidence in their parenting-hood and their relationship with their child starts to rupture. An eating disorder is also known as “disease of disconnection” because they disrupt the relationship, which is beyond repair.
Myth No. 6
Recovery from an eating disorder is rare.
Recovery time varies from person to person. Recovery from an eating disorder is for sure a longer & harder one but with the right kind of treatment is helpful in recovering from an eating disorder. This mental illness requires professional help, environment & understanding to recover.
If you believe that you are suffering from an eating disorder, you can reach us at Psycare to get help in treating your eating disorder. Our expert team is experienced and will guide you. Our constant therapy & medication is very helpful in getting you back to a normal diet.