Overcoming Eating Disorders

The Medifast Plan has a history of helping its customers make healthy eating decisions.  We’ve heard success stories from our customers and through media reviews, and we are proud to be making a difference in peoples’ lives.  We know, however, that people face all types of obstacles when it comes to healthy eating decisions, not the least of these obstacles being eating disorders.  Read the information below for more information about eating disorders, and for resources that can help you on your journey to wellness.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that affects thousands of people worldwide. People who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa are obsessed with the food and have in intense fear of weight gain. The disorder affects people both mentally and physically; they exercise to excess and are constantly dieting. Frequently, this obsessive behavior causes them to become dangerously thin. They have a distorted perception of their own body and despite other objections that they are too thin, the individuals always consider themselves fat.

Anorexia Nervosa can cause serious problems to the body and its internal organs. This disorder can cause feet and hands to swell, thinning of the hair, chills and fatigue, just to list a few. People who suffer from this disorder are in a constant state of mental anxiety because of their fear of gaining weight, which leads to further issues and unhealthy practices like excessive exercise and dieting. They refuse to acknowledge that they have a problem despite the fact that all of their energies focus exclusively on food consumption, weight and dieting.

Anorexia Nervosa is a treatable condition. It can be a long process, but patients can attend psychological therapy sessions to work with the mental issue of the disorder and their doctors can prescribe antidepressant medications to take on a daily basis. In addition to the medication, suffers can join and participate in a support group to help set them on a path to healthy living and healthy eating. This alternative is a way for them to interact with individuals that are going through the same issues; it also gives them the opportunity to work with professionals to help them keep this disorder under control.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is another type of eating disorder that often remains hidden for years from friends and family. People with this disorder are prone to binging and purging; this is where the person consumes a large quantity of food and then forces it out of their system. Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa are likely to suffer from depression, self-mutilation and substance abuse among other psychological issues. People in high-risk groups include Caucasian teen and college age girls from middle class families, people with self-esteem issues and people with a family history of substance abuse and associated disorders.

Bulimia Nervosa can cause extreme health issues, including fatigue, mouth sores, ruptured blood vessels, sore throat, stomach pain, weight gain and loss of menstrual periods and heart failure. These dangerous health risks can escalate into even worse conditions; some people may develop a low a heart rate and blood pressure, anemia, gum disease and in extreme cases, it can be fatal. Some people with this disorder ingest Ipecac Syrup to induce vomiting which builds up in the body over time and can cause sudden cardiac arrest. A single catalyst does not trigger bulimia instead, there are several possible contributing factors, which lead to the disorder including social, biological and psychological.

One alternative to treating Bulimia Nervosa is with prescription medication prescribed by a physician. The medications used are those that also treat depression and anxiety. Another way to treat this disorder is by attending therapy such as behavioral therapy, self-psychology, cognitive therapy and supportive therapy. In some cases, treatment is available at an in-patient treatment facility that monitors patients.

Binge-Eating Disorder

Binge-Eating Disorder is one of the most common eating disorders. People that are at least 20 or more pounds overweight are at risk of developing this disorder, as they eat large amounts of food due to depression and loss of control. Individuals with Binge-Eating Disorder are often found eating alone or until they are uncomfortably full. Unlike people suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, binge eaters do not vomit their food intake right back up, which in turn can cause the suffer to be extremely obese.

People suffering from Binge-Eating Disorder can develop serious health problems. Eventually, in time this disorder can cause the person to have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and a possible stroke. In addition, this disorder can cause breathing problems, cancer and gall bladder disease. One or more of these side effects can be extremely dangerous if not treated in a timely manner.

Binge-Eating Disorder can be treated by visiting a nutritionist in developing a healthy fitness and eating schedule. Another solution for treatment can be antidepressant drugs and professional therapy sessions. In some cases, individuals can check into a treatment facility where they get constant support and professionals closely monitor their healing process. In addition, Binge-Eating suffers can attend family and group counseling, this allows the patient and their family learn how to deal with and treat the disease properly.