Eating Disorders, What Are They & Why Do People Suffer From Them?

Eating Disorders, What Are They & Why Do People Suffer From Them?

There are many different types of eating disorders, all of which are equally as bad as each other, in terms of how they can affect your health. Today though, we will be covering the four most common eating disorders in the UK, which are OSFED, binge eating, bulimia and anorexia. What are these eating disorders? Well, OSFED is the most common; it stands for "other specified feeding or eating disorder". This is when your symptoms may not completely match those of bulimia, anorexia or binge eating; nevertheless, though, it doesn't mean that it should be treated with any less priority than any other eating disorder.

What Causes Eating Disorders?

It's still unclear as to what exactly the cause is for eating disorders. Studies have found that it could be an inherited condition; if your immediate family members had or currently do have an eating disorder, then you are at a much greater risk of developing an eating disorder yourself. Other studies suggest that eating disorders can develop from wanting to fit in more with society, such as social pressure with the "ideal" body figure being a slim one. Binge eating can also be influenced by being worried about your body shape, not wanting to be too slim. Constantly seeing these sorts of images as being the default look in society can hurt those that are insecure of how they look. This, in turn, causes them to take drastic, unhealthy measures. It can be agreed that there isn't just a single cause for eating disorders; they're influenced by many different factors – genetic, psychological and environmental.

What's it like living with an Eating Disorder?

For the person who is suffering, it can be extremely daunting on both their mental and physical health. Unable to stand the thought of eating food, massively over indulging in food, or taking extreme measures to control your calorie intake or maximise your calorie expenditure, always hating the way you look; they're all rather grim thoughts that go through that person's mind every day. Not only that but feeling shame, embarrassment and guilt for what you're doing to yourself, being judged by others. It can truly turn someone's life into misery. To those who don't have eating disorders, or haven't experienced one for themselves, it may seem like it's all a choice. Almost as if the person is just doing it out of a free will, but it is not, it's more a case of they "need to do it" or "have to do it". Halting the bad habits isn't as easy as you'd assume, it takes a lot of determination and persistence.

What Can Be Done to Aid in Recovery?

Firstly, if you are currently suffering from an eating disorder, we must tell you that you need to speak to your GP as soon as possible! They will be able to guide you through a full, proper recovery and will help you every step of the way. What we are going to be detailing next is only suggestions that we have found through independent research, you should not attempt a full recovery on your own. We just want to make it clear that we cannot professionally advise you on serious health conditions like this.

Now, in regards to micronutrients, it would be best to take multivitamins and other supplements in your new diet. Taking vitamins and other supplements that help regulate mood, such as 5-HTP can aid with your mental wellbeing. While staying committed to your plan that you are following from your specialist, always remind yourself that you can do it. It will take time and you need to be patient and follow your guide accordingly. It will take a lot of willpower, but you will have others supporting you; whether it's friends, family or the specialists helping you, you'll always have someone to help you out.

To summarise, this is a sensitive topic for us to post about. We wish the best of recoveries to anyone that's suffering from an eating disorder. If anyone has any questions, please PM us directly and we'd be happy to speak to you.

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