There are 3 primary types of eating disorders: 1) Compulsive overeating in which the sufferer is simply unable to control his or her food intake. 2) Bulimia Nervosa in which purging is used to keep ingested calories from becoming body fat. Methods include vomiting, laxatives, periodic fasting, and vigorous exercise. 3) Anorexia Nervosa, characterized by a body image so distorted that sufferers believe themselves to be excessively fat no matter how thin they become so that they compulsively starve or purge themselves, sometimes to death.
Many theories abound as to the causes of eating disorders. Among them are emotional, biochemical, family system, and cultural. Regardless of the causes it is critical to take this disorder very seriously because it can kill you. Please seek professional help if this is your struggle.
There are many effective treatment approaches that can help, but it is generally a long difficult journey. There are numerous inpatient treatment centers, support groups, medications, and family and individual therapy that are available.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Compulsive Eaters typically are empty and in search of love and nurturing. However, food feels much safer than people.
- Most eating disorders revolve around fear…fear of loss of control, fear of feelings, fear of fat and food, fear of failure and rejection.
- Food distracts one from dealing with the core issues. Needs and feelings are transferred into food issues.