Think for a moment about your relationship with food. Do you frequently worry about meals? Are you ever unable to stop eating, even beyond the point of feeling full? Do you sometimes starve yourself, induce vomiting, or take other drastic steps to lose weight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have disordered eating habits that can lead to an eating disorder. Persons with eating disorders have an abnormal relationship with food and body image; they are controlled by obsessive and unhealthy habits, thoughts, and behaviors. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder: men, women, and, sadly, even children.
The three most common eating disorders are Anorexia, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder and Food Anxiety. People with Anorexia restrict food intake, even to the point of starvation, in order to keep body weight low. Bulimia is characterized by binging and purging – taking in excessive food and then inducing vomiting or taking laxatives. Persons suffering from Binge-Eating Disorder find it difficult or impossible to control food intake, eating to excess without purging. Food anxiety is a condition in which the sufferer has an extreme aversion or fear (phobia) about eating food. Most experts agree that biological, psychological, and environmental/social factors contribute to developing an eating disorder.
An untreated eating disorder can have long-term health effects, and in severe cases may even lead to death. Persons suffering from eating disorders should seek comprehensive treatment from both doctors and mental health professionals. Fortunately, counseling coupled with medical care has proven extremely effective for helping persons to overcome eating disorders. At Seattle Christian Counseling, our eating disorder experts offer professional psychotherapy that helps you explore the reasons for your disordered eating habits so that you can regain control over your relationship with food.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, your loved ones are most likely very worried about your health. Relationships are difficult to manage even without the emotional and physical complications of an eating disorder. When you eat either too much or too little, the body becomes exhausted from having to compensate for your unbalanced diet, and this will effect how you relate to others. It is difficult to care for others if you are not caring for yourself.
Eating Disorder Statistics Prove Men Struggle, Too
By David Hodel,
Posted April 25th, 2019
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Depending on what part of the country you live in, there may be a stigma that surrounds eating disorders if you are male. For one thing, any disorder may be seen as a sign of weakness, and you may have been trained to feel shame in the face of weakness.
Culturally, you may have more awareness of females with eating disorders, movie and media references to “girls who eat their feelings” and the like. Addictive or compulsive behaviors surrounding eating, however, are more common for males than you might think.
Eating Disorder Statistics
You might be surprised by the following eating disorder statistics. From 1999 to 2009, hospitalizations for males with eating disorders rose by 53%. Of men with eating disorders, specific disorders were represented:
Anorexia Nervosa 25%
Binge Eating Disorder 36%
Bulimia Nervosa 25%
Men often suffer from co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance disorders, and excessive exercising. Some studies suggest that men face a higher mortality risk around eating disorders. Perhaps most interestingly, behaviors such as binging, taking laxatives, purging and fasting are nearly as common among males as females.
Social standards continue to shift at a dizzying rate, fueled by the ever-present influence of commentary in media and the movies. Men are more body-conscious than they were 40 years ago, and there is no shortage of commercials and depictions on film and television to reinforce the idea that if you don’t look a certain way you’re going to die alone. It is
5 Eating Disorders Statistics to Set the Record Straight
By Taylor Henderson,
Posted February 22nd, 2019
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Plenty of stereotypes and assumptions exist about eating disorders. Here are five eating disorders statistics to set the record straight.
5 Eating Disorders Statistics
1) “Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness” (Arcelus, Mitchel, Wales & Nelson, 2011).
Compared to the vast array of research and literature on many other mental health illnesses, there is a glaring lack of research on eating disorders, especially research that goes beyond the traditional conceptualization of eating disorders.
Due to the lack of literature as well as widespread misconceptions, the lethality of eating disorders is often overlooked. While mortality rates are high across all eating disorders, decades of data have pointed to anorexia specifically as having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
It is imperative to be aware of this statistic in order to more fully grasp the dangers of eating disorders as well as to spur us on in action to prevent and treat these highly lethal diagnoses.
One reason that anorexia has such a devastating impact on physical health is because starvation and lack of proper nutrition negatively affect every system in the body (www.newbridge-health.org.uk).
These physical symptoms are further complicated if an individual also engages in other behaviors, such as purging or laxative use, which can lead to deterioration in the esophagus and intestines, and can create an imbalance in electrolytes.
It is crucial to understand eating disorders from a perspective that encompasses both mental and physical well-being in order to properly support and
What are the Causes of Eating Disorders: 7 Common Risk Factors
By Angela Hanford,
Posted January 30th, 2018
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Most people either know someone or know of someone who has struggled with an eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), national surveys have estimated that in the United States about 20 million women and 10 million men will develop an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime.
In addition, eating disorders can have devastating effects on a person’s life and the lives of their family and friends. Therefore, prevention, recognition, and treatment of eating disorders are crucial.
As you are likely aware, there are three types of eating disorders that are often discussed in popular media: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. For the sake of simplicity, we will be focusing on factors that contribute to these three diagnoses.
Before we discuss risk factors, it is important to know that eating disorders are complex and multifaceted. We do not see one single cause creating an eating disorder, but rather that there are many factors that contribute to someone developing an eating disorder.
Furthermore, not everyone who displays risk factors will go on to experience an eating disorder. Throughout this article we are going to examine several of the risk factors that have been associated with eating disorders.
If you have any questions about these or other risk factors, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions. We are here to help!
Common Risk Factors Associated with Eating Disorders