Eating Disorders: How to Tell if You Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Food

An obsession with dietary restrictions, compulsive calorie counting, guilt after dessert and the intense fat-burning workouts that this dessert is bound to burn are a reality for many girls who strive for the perfect figure. But in pursuit of illusory ideals, they acquire a mental disorder that has nothing to do with a healthy lifestyle. How to recognize an eating disorder and what to do with it?

Eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude toward food, excessive concentration on food intake, as well as on your body and weight. Although there is a genetic predisposition to the disorder, it’s a mental disorder. It has been proven that if a first-line relative has had or has a history of the disorder, there is a greater chance of having the disorder.

What Is an Eating Disorder?

It’s necessary to distinguish between types of the disorder. It will help you make this topic as understandable as creating a 22Bet login:

  • Anorexia nervosa is the consumption of too little food, which leads to exhaustion. It’s characterized by a sickly appearance of the body. Body weight is extremely low. There is a disruption of the internal organs.
  • Bulimia nervosa is excessive consumption of food. Episodes of overeating are followed by compensatory behavior. The most common is inducing vomiting. But taking laxatives, fasting and excessive exercise are also among the symptoms.
  • Overeating is the consumption of food in large quantities in a short time.

It should be noted that obesity is not a type of eating disorder. It’s a chronic disease in which the increase in body weight is pathological at the expense of adipose tissue. Obesity in 20-70% of cases is hereditary and has no pronounced psychological causes.

The reasons for the disorder are largely unclear. There is a genetic factor, a social factor, a family factor. Society determines the canons of beauty of the female body. On the pages of glossy magazines there are slim models. Social networks are riddled with photoshopped photos in bathing suits without a single crease on the body. These stereotypes push girls to improve their bodies, to bring them to perfection. They start restricting food, all sorts of diets, which leads to failures, disorders of the body as a whole.

What Are the Possible Causes?

  • Rejection by parents in childhood.
  • Unacceptance of the body in adolescence, when there is an active physical change of the body.
  • Resentment against parents.
  • Excessive control and overprotective parenting.
  • Impaired self-esteem.
  • Blurred or absent personal boundaries.
  • Inability to understand and accept one’s feelings and emotions.
  • Anxiety, vulnerability.
  • Feeling of the world as dangerous.
  • A distorted perception of one’s body
  • Boredom, emptiness inside and a desire to become invisible.
  • Psychological trauma (abuse, parental divorce, bullying).

How It Works

For example, a girl grew up in a full family with a mom and dad. The child had everything, she was taken care of. The parents performed their function. But parental care is mostly concerned only with social and domestic issues. The girl never felt loved. The mother was “cold” and did not pay proper attention to the girl. No one in the family was interested in the feelings and emotions of the child, it was not important. The main thing was to feed, clothe and educate her. As a result of such upbringing, the child developed low self-esteem, a sense of rejection by the closest people, a sense of invisibility. The girl felt very small physically. There was a big world around, many people, and she was just invisible. To remedy this situation, to draw attention to herself somehow, the girl begins to eat excessively. To become big and noticeable, this is the only way to make her visible. And then she will begin to be noticed, loved, given her attention. 

Another situation. The girl in the family had loving parents, she was taken care of. She was not given the opportunity to express herself as a person. The girl could not make her own decisions, everything was decided for her by her mother. Over time, her mother began to control every step. It was she who knew what to do and how to do it. Everything was controlled: what to eat, what to wear, with whom to be friends, how to think. Such a method of education led to the fact that the girl wanted to hide, to become invisible, only for her mother to reduce control, in fact, simply would cease to notice her once again. A psychological attitude was formed: the more invisible and smaller my body was, the less control it would have. Hence the reduction in the number and frequency of meals, grueling diets. The girl loses weight, but the control does not go away, she continues to lose weight. And this develops into anorexia.

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