Although eating disorders are becoming more common today, they are still not talked about openly. Anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia - each of us imagines what it is only approximately, without going into details and details. At the same time, understanding the causes and characteristics of RPE can be of vital importance when it comes to a loved one.
In this post, we've compiled five myths about eating disorders that need to be dealt with right now.
1. Eating disorders can be seen
This is one of the most common misconceptions about eating disorders. You may think that the person with anorexia is necessarily underweight, and the person with bulimia is overweight. However, in reality, people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or other ADIs may have moderate weight or fluctuations in weight. Eating disorders are not always obvious and it is important to keep this in mind.
The same goes for common symptoms. For example, artificial induction of vomiting is indeed one of the key symptoms of bulimia. At the same time, bulimia is still characterized by uncontrolled overeating, coupled with an obsessive desire to lose weight. And the latter can be expressed not only in getting rid of food, but also in extreme intensity training or refusing to eat for a while.
2. Eating disorders are associated with vanity
People don't dream of having an eating disorder. And eating disorders are caused not only by the desire to lose weight in order to fit into a dream dress. While social pressures still play an important role here, the reason the disease develops is usually more complex. So, these disorders can be genetically determined, which was proved in the course of several studies at once.
If RPPs were solely about vanity, then getting rid of them would be much easier. Therefore, you should not judge eating disorders superficially: in most cases they are very serious, and require intensive support and help from professionals and relatives.
3. ERP occurs exclusively in young people
Although eating disorders are most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 12 and 20, they can affect absolutely anyone, regardless of age or gender. ERP occurs in middle-aged people and even in the elderly. As for compulsive overeating, it is quite common among people aged 30 to 40 years.
Likewise, RPF is not limited to women and girls. 50% of children with anorexia nervosa are boys, although the number of girls increases with the onset of puberty. According to the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, 1 in 10 men in a British gym have body dysmorphia, a condition characterized by being overly critical of their own bodies.
In the latter phase, dysmorphia can lead to depression, steroid abuse and even suicide. Muscle dysmorphia, or bigorexia, is a type of body dysmorphia that makes a person feel that they are too small and fragile. It can easily turn into an eating disorder.
4. Eating disorders are only about weight
Food obsession is often a symptom of a much deeper psychological illness. Eating disorders often develop from overwhelming thoughts or problems that lead a person to believe that they need to control at least some part of their life. Eating disorders, experts say, have more to do with control than directly with food.
5. Diets and eating disorders are two different things
Diets of varying degrees of severity are everywhere today, and this leads to confusion. While most people understand that an eating disorder carries a serious health risk, they perceive diet as completely normal. At the same time, nutritionists say that restrictive diets can have a direct connection with RIP, in some cases becoming a harbinger of a serious disorder.
Studies in New Zealand and Australia have shown that people who eat a diet are 6 times more likely to develop eating disorders. At the same time, the most strict diets increase the risk by 18 times. Another thing is interesting: the same researchers found that girls who are on diets have a higher risk of obesity in the future than those who did not limit themselves in nutrition at a young age.