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sexyldy1000 65F  
10274 posts
2/1/2021 11:24 am
Eating Disorders


Approximately one million Canadians have an eating disorder. Societal pressures poor body image, and unrealistic expectations can be among the contributors. Eating disorders are a universal problem.

What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. They involve a pattern of unhealthy eating or dieting behaviour that can cause health problems and/or emotional and social distress. Here are the most common ones:

Anorexia Nervosa
Characterized b.y behaviours that interfere with maintaining an adequate weight driven b.y distress over body size or shape. Typically, a person is less than "85%" of their expected weight.

Bulimia Nervosa
Characterized b.y periods of food restriction followed b.y out of control binge eating with recurrent compensating behaviours t.o β€œpurge” the body of food, either through vomiting/laxatives or excessive exercise/dieting.

Binge Eating Disorder
Characterized b.y recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food then experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards.

What causes eating disorders?
They can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. Eating disorders are influenced b.y biological, psychological and social factors. It is a combination of genetic vulnerability, personality, mental state and environmental factors (such as pressure t.o be thin, trauma, etc.) that can lead t.o an eating disorder. Eating disorders are more common in women but also occur in men.

How devastating are eating disorders?
Many are never diagnosed and many people never seek treatment. Eating disorders have the highest overall mortality of any mental illness.

What to watch for:
.Increasingly restrictive eating patterns (i.e. new diets, avoiding food based on colour/texture, cutting out progressively more food groups)
.Eating more than normal in frequency and quantity
.Eating alone or in secret
.Disappearing t.o the bathroom after meal
.Intense exercise routines
.Loss of interest in life, hobbies, friends, etc.
.Abnormal weight gain or loss
.Frequent stomach aches, fatigue, dizzy spells or dry mouth/bad breath

What can you do?
It can be difficult and stressful t.o talk t.o someone you care about who has an eating disorder. You may not want t.o believe what is happening. However, the sooner you start the conversation, the sooner h.elp can be obtained and the better the outcome.

Information source: St. John Ambulance

sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/1/2021 11:35 am

My daughter was in grade school when her struggles with anorexia began. She was put on a waiting list to get into an adolescent eating disorder program. Fortunately, things started to turn around before she was hospitalized. However, even today as an adult, she struggles with body-image issues. Awareness and communication are keys to helping someone dealing with an eating disorder.


Tmptrzz 59F  
107038 posts
2/1/2021 1:15 pm

Great information about eating disorders, these all can be quite serious. Thanks for sharing this with all of us, I hope your Monday is a great start to your week..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


bbuckwwheat 63M
6265 posts
2/1/2021 3:23 pm

I have a second cousin who suffered from bulimia 40 years ago. He was able to recover enough, but the stresses that caused it changed him.

I have heard that sometimes anorexia is about being in control, that the person feels helpless about so many things that they cannot control that they focus on the only thing that they think they can control - how much they eat. That idea has maybe been debunked since I heard it.

I am so glad that your daughter was able to find a resolution and continue to fight for her health.

Private mailbox at my blog bbuckwwheat
Fayette, Iowa


Paulxx001 65M  
22616 posts
2/1/2021 4:00 pm

It's certainly a mental illness that is difficult to manage and cure, as is any mental affliction.
Karen Carpenter, from The Carpenters, is one person who comes to mind and suffered from the burden of anorexia.
I hope your daughter handles her challenge. It sounds like she has. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š ❗


jajo696 67F
4287 posts
2/2/2021 2:35 am

Yes....its always a life long struggle. Im glad your daughter is managing and dealing with it. Kudos to ALL of you ~πŸ™


SingleInGR 54M
361 posts
2/2/2021 7:13 am

Thank You for posting this information and speaking about your own experience with your daughter going through it.

One of my best friends in college had issues with this caused by what we now know as bullying and body shamming and though she was not what I would have called overweight it got to her and she stopped eating or would eat and then later go throw up.

None of us knew till months down the road that she was doing this and then at the time, did not really know much if anything about it as a disorder.

It was not till later on when she was looking too thin and pale that someone stepped in and got her help.

Knowing now what I do about it, I would have tried to do more back then but I never really heard of it other then what happened to Karen Carpenter so I applaud you for bringing this information to the forefront for others to read about.

Some may just glance at this and dismiss your blog today and others may stop and read it and think to themselves, I may know someone ...

Stay warm, stay strong, stay safe!

Hugs from Michigan


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/2/2021 10:55 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Great information about eating disorders, these all can be quite serious. Thanks for sharing this with all of us, I hope your Monday is a great start to your week..
Not only serious but deadly. The pain suffered by those who have them is unforgettable. Hope you are keeping well.


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/2/2021 11:00 am

    Quoting bbuckwwheat:
    I have a second cousin who suffered from bulimia 40 years ago. He was able to recover enough, but the stresses that caused it changed him.

    I have heard that sometimes anorexia is about being in control, that the person feels helpless about so many things that they cannot control that they focus on the only thing that they think they can control - how much they eat. That idea has maybe been debunked since I heard it.

    I am so glad that your daughter was able to find a resolution and continue to fight for her health.
Yes, your thinking is correct about control. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your personal experience. My daughter was quite young when it started. I eventually found out that she and some others were being bullied by a bigger, stronger student. She still wears baggy clothes despite being petite.


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/2/2021 11:03 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    It's certainly a mental illness that is difficult to manage and cure, as is any mental affliction.
    Karen Carpenter, from The Carpenters, is one person who comes to mind and suffered from the burden of anorexia.
    I hope your daughter handles her challenge. It sounds like she has. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š ❗
Yes, Karen Carpenter was the first public figure to put a face to the condition and helped bring awareness. Sadly, she lost her struggle far too young. My daughter improved but continues to be self-conscious so I have to keep communication open.


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/2/2021 11:04 am

    Quoting jajo696:
    Yes....its always a life long struggle. Im glad your daughter is managing and dealing with it. Kudos to ALL of you ~πŸ™
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your words of encouragement. There's no doubt this will be an ongoing discussion.


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/2/2021 11:12 am

    Quoting SingleInGR:
    Thank You for posting this information and speaking about your own experience with your daughter going through it.

    One of my best friends in college had issues with this caused by what we now know as bullying and body shamming and though she was not what I would have called overweight it got to her and she stopped eating or would eat and then later go throw up.

    None of us knew till months down the road that she was doing this and then at the time, did not really know much if anything about it as a disorder.

    It was not till later on when she was looking too thin and pale that someone stepped in and got her help.

    Knowing now what I do about it, I would have tried to do more back then but I never really heard of it other then what happened to Karen Carpenter so I applaud you for bringing this information to the forefront for others to read about.

    Some may just glance at this and dismiss your blog today and others may stop and read it and think to themselves, I may know someone ...

    Stay warm, stay strong, stay safe!

    Hugs from Michigan
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your personal experience. Some may think this isn't a 'site-specific' topic but I disagree. My daughter's issues impacted her transition from a girl to a young woman, physically, emotionally and as an adult, her relationships. It's a lifelong battle so I strive to keep communication open. Perhaps you will stop by again. Take care and keep safe!


trixietrixster 54F  
3125 posts
2/6/2021 6:05 am

Once again, some great information stuff going on here! Thank you ...

In Luv, Lite, Laffter ...


sexyldy1000 65F  
9606 posts
2/6/2021 7:47 am

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    Once again, some great information stuff going on here! Thank you ...
Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting 😊


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