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Research suggests that there are links between eating disorders and addictive conditions, such as drug addiction and alcoholism. Both types of addictions create an addictive cycle stimulating your brain’s reward center with the substance or behavior in question. You get a false and temporary sense of happiness or relief.

 

If you eat very little and are still constantly concerned about your weight or body shape, you may have an eating disorder. If you eat a lot all at once, and either purge your consumption, or punish yourself by starving, you are also at risk. Read on to learn about how eating disorders are addictions and what you can do to help yourself.

The first step is diagnosis.

We invite you to take our test –and determine whether or not you’ve got an issue. If you do, read on, and consider contacting us to guide you through steering your life back to normal.

Signs of Eating Disorder Include:

  1. Denies feeling hungry.
  2. Dramatic weight loss.
  3. Seems concerned about eating in public.
  4. Has intense fear of weight gain or being “fat,” even though underweight.

WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA

  1. Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.).
  2. Abnormal laboratory findings (anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low blood cell counts, slow heart rate).
  3. Muscle weakness.
  4. Impaired immune functioning.

WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA

#1

Denies feeling hungry.

#2

Dramatic weight loss.

#3

Seems concerned about eating in public.

#4

Has intense fear of weight gain or being “fat,” even though underweight

#5

Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.).

#6

Abnormal laboratory findings (anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low blood cell counts, slow heart rate)

#7

Muscle weakness.

#8

Impaired immune functioning.

  1. Frequent changes in weight (loss or gain).
  2. Signs of damage due to vomiting including swelling around the cheeks or jaw, calluses on knuckles, damage to teeth and bad breath.
  3. Feeling bloated, constipated or developing intolerances to food.

Someone with bulimia nervosa may display a combination of the following symptoms:

  1. Low self-esteem and feelings of shame, self-loathing or guilt, particularly after eating.
  2. Dieting behaviour (e.g. fasting, counting calories/kilojoules, avoiding food groups such as fats and carbohydrates).
  3. Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals which could be evidence of vomiting or laxative use.

Someone with bulimia nervosa may display a combination of the following symptoms:

#1

Frequent changes in weight (loss or gain).

#2

Signs of damage due to vomiting including swelling around the cheeks or jaw, calluses on knuckles, damage to teeth and bad breath.

#3

Feeling bloated, constipated or developing intolerances to food.

#4

Low self-esteem and feelings of shame, self-loathing or guilt, particularly after eating.

#5

Dieting behaviour (e.g. fasting, counting calories/kilojoules, avoiding food groups such as fats and carbohydrates).

#6

Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals which could be evidence of vomiting or laxative use.

  1. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
  2. Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time.
  3. Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about your eating.
  4. Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment.

Binge eating disorder is characterised by:

  1. Feelings of extreme distress, sadness, irritability, anxiety and guilt during and after a binge episode.
  2. Frequent dieting without weight loss.
  3. Erratic behaviour (e.g. shoplifting food or spending large amounts of money on food).
  4. Eating fast during binge episodes.

Binge eating disorder is characterised by:

#1

A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

#2

Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time.

#3

Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about your eating.

#4

Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment.

#5

Feelings of extreme distress, sadness, irritability, anxiety and guilt during and after a binge episode.

#6

Frequent dieting without weight loss.

#7

Erratic behaviour (e.g. shoplifting food or spending large amounts of money on food).

#8

Eating fast during binge episodes.

  1. Calories.
  2. Sedentary lifestyle.
  3. Not sleeping enough.

Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of factors

  1. Endocrine disruptors.
  2. Medications.
  3. Obesity gene.

Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of factors

#1

Calories.

#2

Sedentary lifestyle.

#3

Not sleeping enough.

#4

Endocrine disruptors.

#5

Medications.

#6

Obesity gene.

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