Eating disorders are very serious problems that continue to afflict millions of people across the world. Typically, a person either suffers from anorexia or bulimia and deprives their body in one of two ways. If anorexia is the chosen method of “dieting,” a person will starve themselves completely. Sometimes eating a carrot stick per day. The second way is through bulimia. This is the “binge and purge” way of staying slim. People that choose this method will eat a lot and then vomit almost immediately after they’ve finished a meal.
There are horrible consequences to both of these eating disorders that range from osteoporosis to death. Yet, many children and adults are still starving themselves and subjecting their bodies to harsh treatment so they can have the ideal shape. Ironically, those that are anorexic and/or bulimic don’t ever achieve that perfect body they’ve always dreamt of. Instead, they lose so much weight that they look unhealthy, sick and even scary. Once it has reached this point, the anorexic or bulimic person cannot even see how they truly look- all they can think about is losing more weight.
It’s a vicious cycle that won’t end on its own. Anorexic and bulimic people will think that they are fat no matter how undernourished their body becomes. They can be near death and still refuse to eat. That’s why it’s so crucial anyone dealing with an eating disorder gets help from a professional. A doctor will be able to help them deal with the issues that are making them want to starve themselves and help establish healthy eating habits.
It’s best to try and catch the eating disorder right when it’s beginning because it will be easier to treat but it doesn’t usually happen this way. So, if you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia or bulimia or both, encourage them to seek help immediately. In some cases, you might have to push for it and even get the help for them. They probably won’t understand your intentions at first but once they’ve started thinking clearly again, they’ll thank you. It can be a little intimidating talking to someone about a problem you know they don’t want to discuss- but you just might end up saving their life.