When someone looks at an overweight person, their first inkling may be to assume that they have a binge eating disorder. There are people out there that eat three square meals with some basic snacks that still appear to be plus-size. Their choice in foods or possibly because of their genetics in how their body metabolizes food may be solely to blame. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and should be accepted as so.
A person that has weight to shed may decide that it is time to take the initiative and lose weight for health reasons, to approve their appearance, or for their own personal aims. Once they start obtaining the weight loss they want, there are some people that will develop an eating disorder during this transition. Having learned how to restrict their diet with the different weight loss plans out there, they can take this to a whole other extreme to keep from gaining the weight back or begin to use their newfound knowledge as a form of control.
Although most eating disorders tend to start around the teenage years, they can actually begin at any time. The path that takes place from an otherwise healthy diet to an eating disorder can transpire for many reasons among individuals. On the surface an eating disorder may appear to have everything to do with food, body image, or control, but the root cause of an eating disorder is much deeper than that. What may start out as low self-esteem or impulsive behavior may be triggered from previous emotional issues that stem from abuse, trauma, and feeling depression or anxiety to conform to the pressures of society.
The problem that lies with the evolution of this eating disorder is that the main focus is get healthy physically and what happens is that a person gets unhealthy mentally and eventually physically again. The obsession that arises with the food causes the image of the body to be distorted which causes the starvation or binging and purging that makes the person become jaded when it comes to one of their basic needs of eating.
Getting treatment for an eating disorder is as easy as finding a specialized therapist or attending an Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) or an Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meeting to try to change the perception of how food should be approached ongoing. Even though food is only a symptom of an eating disorder, a person that gets help can begin to change the relationship they have with their body, mind, and soul.
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