Eating Disorder Myth: I should admire people who ignore their hunger False
Food is fuel and each person’s body needs food to nourish their body. People who do not “give in to their hunger” are not acknowledging their body’s need for energy. The lack of “fuel” damages people’s physical and emotional health, and may cause undesirable and even dangerous side effects.
Effects of semi- starvation and starvation include but are not limited to:
* Food preoccupation
* Binge eating
* Difficulty concentrating
* Decreased metabolism
* Social withdraw
* Brittle nails/hair
* Difficulty sleeping
* Intense cravings for sweets
* Insatiable hunger
Admiring a person with an eating disorder is not appropriate, as eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have serious health consequences. People with eating disorders often suffer from a distorted self-image and negative body image, and they may feel intense pressure to maintain a certain weight or body shape. They may also experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even organ failure.
Admiring a person with an eating disorder may also contribute to the perpetuation of harmful societal attitudes and stereotypes about body shape and weight, which can be a major risk factor for the development of eating disorders. Instead of admiring a person's eating disorder, it is important to focus on their well-being and support them in their recovery.
It's important to understand that eating disorders are not a choice, they are a serious mental illness and it's important to have empathy and compassion for those who are struggling with it. If someone you know or care about is struggling with an eating disorder, it's important to encourage them to seek professional help and support them in their recovery.
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have serious physical and emotional consequences, including death. The exact number of deaths caused by eating disorders is difficult to determine, as many deaths may be attributed to related health complications such as organ failure or suicide. However, research suggests that eating disorders have a higher mortality rate than any other psychiatric disorder.
A study by the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) in Australia estimates that the mortality rate for anorexia nervosa is around 12 times higher than the mortality rate for all causes of death for females 15-24 years of age. The rate for Bulimia nervosa is estimated to be around 5 times higher.
It's important to note that these are estimates and the number may vary depending on the country and population studied. However, it's clear that eating disorders are serious illnesses that require prompt and appropriate treatment to prevent serious health complications and even death.
It's also important to remember that recovery is possible and seeking professional help can save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, it's important to seek help as soon as possible.
Still struggling? Help for an eating disorder is available by calling 215-922-5683 Ext. 100 Center for Growth / Eating Disorder Therapy in Philadelphia, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA, Santa Fe New Mexico to talk with an Eating Disorder Therapist today. We offer therapy in Society Hill, Philadelphia, Ocean City, NJ, and Mechanicsville, VA. We also offer telehealth therapy in Delaware, Georgia and Florida.