Binge Eating Disorder
When you meet people for the first time, you will notice that they are already used to looking at everywhere except their waistline. Someone looking at fat is the same as someone looking at their weight – they are immediately attracted to it and sometimes it takes all the resistance to not let that first impression define who they are. So what causes people to develop an eating disorder? Is it genetic? Is it all in our heads?
When you look at the statistics for bulimia there are factors that play a large role, but only to a certain degree. For most people, if they meet a person who is overweight and comparatively speaking appears healthy and slim, it can easily make the decision to become overweight and compensate to make the numbers go down. It is this constant pressure to maintain an image, and this yearning to look different even if it means going to extremes to do so, that can eventually lead to eating disorders.
The same statistics show that bulimia is more common than anorexia, but it is not necessarily always the case. There is a rare type of bulimia that only affects women and becomes apparent at the age of 20 and can be pity, because in these cases the years of pressure to maintain the “perfect” body can do serious damage. bulimia can also affect people who are overweight and marks a huge divide between how people are perceived and the actual body weight.
What triggers a person to enter into the world of bulimia or anorexia? It could be in the beginning stages of an eating disorder or it could be a downwards spiral caused by low self-esteem and the inability to stand alone. It could also be part of a family history of bulimia or anorexia.
The mental disorder bulimia has physical implications as well. If you are overly concerned about body weight and segments of it constantly, you may start to eat excessively. This “bulimia” will cause you to have a rapid weight gain in a very short period of time due to an extremely fast metabolism, but it can be maintained by very rigid dieting that in some cases may even be too strict and without the correct knowledge, it can easily turn into an eating disorder.
Eating harmful foods and supporting yourself by not eating the correct foods can make you feel very claustrophobic and deprived. This feeling of hunger may encourage you to binge in an unhealthy way. Also, the fact that you are eating in an unhealthy way because of uncontrollable stress and depression can cause people to subconsciously expect that they will die if they take the easy way out, which ultimately leads to more eating disorders.
If you are suffering from bulimia or anorexia, the chances are that you are view these types of disorders as a threat to your life. Many people incorrectly perceive them as illnesses that will tax all of the family members and will destroy your personal and professional life. This need to always be confirmed but, because of the family history, the subconscious mind will always be in control of your mind and you will do anything to protect you family by eliminating any chance of becoming ill yourself.
Therefore, you should be aware of all of the signs of bulimia and anorexia to help you spot them as they are very often a sign of other problems and make it much easier to bring the disease to the surface before it drops too far down your throat. The signs may be indirect and areasms such as teeth grinding and nail biting. If you are indeed suffering from bulimia, it should be a warning that you need to seek help so that you can express your deepest shame.