Saturday, February 02, 2013

February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month

February is Eating Disorders Awareness month in Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States. Eating disorders result from an interplay of genetic, social and psychological factors. Some of the most common symptoms involve self-critical beliefs, negative feelings about one's body weight, conflictual thoughts about food, and eating habits that disrupt normal body functioning. Eating Disorders can range from mild, moderate to severe - and interfere with daily life activities.

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa~ Essentially self-starvation, this disorder involves a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight. In severe cases, anorexia can be life-threatening

Bulimia Nervosa ~ This involves repeated episodes of binge eating, followed by ways of trying to purge the food from the body or prevent expected weight gain. People can have this condition and be of normal weight.

Binge-Eating Disorder~ This is characterized by frequent episodes of overeating without purging.

Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) ~ A range of other disordered eating patterns don’t fit into the other types of eating disorders. These eating patterns are still serious, and intervention and attention are necessary.

Eating disorders can affect functioning in every system of the body, especially the heart and kidneys, and may cause lasting damage and even death. Because of the urgency of the risks associated with eating disorders, getting high-quality eating disorder treatment early on is the best way to combat the mental and physical consequences of these devastating mental illnesses.

Left unattended, eating disorders can lead to serious health problems or even death.

For more information, go to the International Association of Eating Disorders.


STAG said...

Happy new year.
I hope that all the tricky things which you face this coming year will work out safely and properly.

A wee Yule present for you...Leonard Cohen sings "Hallelujah?"


Dr. Deb said...

I love this version. Thank you for sending the link and your kind thoughts. Hope the new year will bring good things to you and yours as well.

S'onnie said...

Hi Dr Deb, Just popped by to say happy new year... interest blog as always :)

Kia Kaha

lizabaker said...

So then, Feb would be the best month to tackle the intervention eating disorder?