Food is our daily source of nutrition. Rice, fruits, vegetables, pasta—these provide nourishment to our bodies. When we eat delicious food we feel satisfied and happy. Some people have control over what they eat, while others just do not care if they gain a lot of weight. There are others who choose not to eat.
There are kinds of eating disorders and they are psychological problems that need to be addressed immediately. Patients suffering from these conditions are not in good health.
Anorexic patients under-eat for fear of gaining weight. They do not consume sufficient amounts of food which makes them susceptible to problems in the body. Extreme weight loss is expected with patients exhibiting loss of muscle. Their bones are obviously visible. They are underweight and they are weak.
Mary Kate Olsen is a celebrity who has admitted to having the condition. She sought help and has recovered. Unfortunately, there are others who have died due to this condition. One famous name that have brought much attention to the condition(following her death) is Karen Carpenter. She died because of the complications of malnutrition.
Bulimic patients engage in binge eating and then purging right after, trying to get rid of the food consumed. Patients may also use laxatives, diuretics, or engage in excessive exercising with the hopes of not gaining weight due to the calories consumed.
Eating disorders hospitals provide specialized care for patients who are suffering from different kinds of eating disorders. These hospitals or treatment facilities are dedicated to these patients who have psychological disorders which are manifested in the way that they eat.
If you have a relative that is exhibiting signs and symptoms of having an eating disorder, it would be best to help him or her get treatment immediately. This is a serious condition that has claimed the lives of women and even men.
The treatment initially is to provide the patient sufficient nutrition so that the body can bounce back from being in this state (anorexia). Of course, the psychological aspect will be addressed because it is, after all, a psychological problem.
Eating disorders hospitals and other treatment facilities have the necessary tools or information that will help the patient and the patient’s family. Contact one that is nearest you to know about what you can do if you or your family member is anorexic, bulimic, etc.
An early diagnosis is so much better because problems can be reversed immediately.