Eating disorders reflect complex psychobiological stressors. They also occur with complex nutritional imbalances and may be understood as efforts to regulate affect through food and food-related behaviors. — Leslie E. Korn Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP
Eating disorders are some of the biggest compositions of mental health disorders today, but while these disorders were more popularly prevalent among women, much research has shown that the men of today are also affected. Although a majority of those with eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa, are women, one in ten are males and are equally struggling to find ways to free themselves from the dangers of this illness.
Bulimia, or the more scientific term Bulimia nervosa, is a type of eating disorder that involves binge eating. This eating disorder can be fatal and is extremely threatening to the physical and mental health of the individual suffering from it.
After the individual eats copious amounts of food, they overcompensate for the extra food by making themselves throw up or exercising more than they should. The individual induces vomiting either by forcing objects down their throat or by using laxatives.
Everyone experience body image issues at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adolescents are extremely concerned with their physical appearance and at times, may carry on into their adulthood. It doesn’t help that media and society highly praise the perfect body. Females strive for a slimmer waist, bigger breasts, and thinner thighs. Males attempt to be bulk up their muscles. While it is perfectly fine to try to achieve the perfect body, there are some limitations and boundaries on what is a normal and safe way of trying to get this “model” body.
Someone who is struggling with an eating disorder may attempt to eat “normally” in the presence of others, and then look for opportunities to be alone to find ways to binge or purge. — Lisa Ferentz LCSW-C, DAPA
Have you experienced waking up one day not being able to wear your old clothes or not being able to zip up your jeans? Or going to a homecoming party and the first thing an old friend noticed was your obvious weight gain?
Individuals that are born in the digital age are called Millennials, and experts like psychologists and sociologists believe they have different outlooks, life perspectives, challenges, and problems. One of which is the pressure to maintain the “ideal weight” that every person is suggesting, predominantly the social media stream. It is a given fact that the power of suggestion is highly influential. With this in thought, the pressure to maintain or attain the “ideal weight” can lead to serious mental problems such as eating disorders. Sadly, it becomes a vicious cycle (for some) of weight loss obsession, binge eating, or overcoming addiction for food.