Eating disorders are a group of disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, that are pervasive in people concerned about their weight and appearance, among other things. Eating disorders can be extremely brutal and painful, and even lead to death if left unchecked and untreated. Eating disorders involve disordered eating patterns and bad patterns tied to food consumption and healthy nutrition.
Eating disorders are pervasive among young people, and specifically affect women, though they have been known to affect men, too. Eating disorders are primarily seen as a psychological disease, but they can also be extremely painful and physically harmful, and even lead to death when they are not adequately treated through psychological and physiological therapy and other medical means.
The causes of eating disorders are likely psychological and environmental. People who suffer from eating disorders are affected by issues like the mainstream media and entertainment, and the perception of “thin” women in pop culture and entertainment. These skewed perceptions about what it means to be thin, healthy, and beautiful can drive women to eating disorders in an effort to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.
These causes are very difficult to pin point, of course, as there are countless media outlets and entertainment events that can affect a person and trigger their eating disorder. Eating disorders are typically caused by a variety of different events that, when put together, created a need for disordered eating and unhealthy habits in the patient in an effort to lose weight or look a certain way that they deem necessary.
Symptoms of eating disorders can run a wide range, and they will vary depending on the eating disorder involved, but very generally speaking, eating disorders are shared with symptoms involving disordered and bizarre eating patterns. From compulsive exercise, to not eating for hours or days, to eating vey little food and calories in an effort to lose a massive amount of weight, eating disorders come in a wide range of events and issues.
Symptoms are not always easily spotted, though, as people suffering from eating disorders can often become quite talented at hiding their disorder in an effort to continue their patterns and keep losing weight. Denial is also a significant issue with eating disorders, and those who suffer from eating disorders can often deny that they have a problem, making it a challenge for friends and medical professionals to get help to patients in need.