|Eating disorder week
Eating disorders tend to develop during the teenage and young adult years, and they are much more common in girls and women but men/boys are also increasingly at risk. No one knows the precise cause of eating disorders, but they seem to be related to psychological and medical issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trouble coping with emotions, and substance abuse. There are many different types and while many of us may not think we have any kind of disorder our relationship with food is different for each person. For some people, a preoccupation with food becomes a way to gain control over one aspect of their lives. Although it may start out as simply eating a bit more or less than usual, the behavior can spiral out of control and take over the person’s life. Eating disorders are a serious medical problem that can have long-term health consequences if left untreated.
It’s common for people with eating disorders to hide their unhealthy behaviors, so it can be difficult to recognize the signs of an eating disorder, especially early on. Below are a few signs to look out for.
1. Poor body image, negative or obsessive thoughts about body size
2. Excessive exercise, over-the-top workout habits—sometimes referred to as “exercise anorexia”
3. Fear of eating in public, a person may feel that others are watching and judging, for instance
4. Cooking for others. Although people with anorexia may refuse food themselves, they are often eager to see others eat
Without the proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside your mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell. Individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Dental examinations may also detect problems as frequent vomiting leads to strong stomach acid repeatedly flowing over the teeth. The tooth’s outer covering (enamel) can be lost and teeth can change in color, shape and length, becoming brittle. If you are suspicious of a loved one or friend experiencing problems try to talk to them. There are many different avenues now to explore many are more readily available than you might think.
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