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Eating disorders, a harmful disease

By Staff Editorial
On February 21, 2014

 

The definition an eating disorder is a severe disturbance in eating habits, according to dictionary.com. There are a lot of eating disorders and a few of the most common ones are: Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Any of these diseases may seem difficult to be cured of but a lot of progress to eliminating any of these diseases can be made by knowing what steps need to be taken.

It may not be obvious if you have an eating disorder but there are common signs. Each eating disorder has its own signs and there are plenty of visible signs for each of the eating disorders. Once evidence of having an eating disorder is apparent, the hardest step has to be made, seeking help to find a cure.

It may be difficult to confront a friend or relative about eating disorders but in the long run it is for the best. One of the simplest and probably the most sensible route about confronting someone with an eating disorder is to hold an intervention. In order to make the victim feel the most comfortable the intervention should consist of close friends and relatives and the group should only have three people at the most. In this intervention the organizers should point out the problem and steps that the effected person could take to help themselves.

Anorexia and bulimia are severe illnesses that are the result of being malnourished. The body's functions slow down if it's deprived of the nutrition it needs. The cause for this effect is the amount of energy withheld from the body has to be made up, so the body slows down its functions to make up for the lack of nutrition it did not receive.

Binge eating disorder is an illness that causes people to compulsively overeat. Binge eating is best described as the continuous intake of food even after a person is full. When feeling depressed, food seems like the perfect remedy to put oneself in a better mood but it is not. Victims of binge eating disorder often feel depressed and guilty about how much they have eaten.

People who fall victim to any of these eating disorders feel like they don't have control over their eating habits. 

Students who believe they may have developed any of these  eating disorders or think one of their close friends or relatives may have, Kirkwood will be holding a free screening for eating disorders Feb. 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Iowa Hall. After the screening students will feel a lot more confident finding help and they will have a better idea of who can help them in the future.


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