Eating Disorders

Eating disorders include extreme attitudes, behaviours and emotions regarding food and weight issues. They can have life-threatening consequences for both men and women and include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Anorexia Nervosa is characterised by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. The earlier anorexia nervosa is detected the better the chances of recovery are. The health consequences of anorexia nervosa include abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure increasing the risk of heart failure; Osteoporosis; Severe dehydration which can lead to kidney failure and growth of a downy layer of hair (lanugo) in an effort to keep the body warm.

Bulimia Nervosa has three primary symptoms. Eating large quantities of food in a short period of time irrespective of feelings of hunger or being full. This is often done in secret and is accompanied by a feeling of being ‘out of control’ while eating. Purging or compensatory behaviour such as self induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting and excessive exercise often follows these ‘binges’. Sufferers also have an excessive concern with body weight and shape.

The health consequences of bulimia include electrolyte imbalances that can lead to irregular heartbeat and heart failure; gastric rupturing, tooth decay and staining and peptic ulcers and pancreatitis.

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