While many people typically think of drugs and alcohol as the main source of addiction, eating disorders are another form of addiction that requires treatment. Eating disorders are most rampant in young girls, but range across all demographics, and often go without treatment due to fear and insecurity. There are several forms of eating disorders, the most commonly known fall under the category of Bulimia, Anorexia or Binge-eating disorder. All three are extremely detrimental to the person’s health and can be life-threatening in some cases.
Bulimia is categorized by the tendency to eat and then purge their food in attempt to get rid of the calories before they are absorbed in the body. The amount of food consumed before purging can range from a large meal to a small snack, depending on the person and the intensity of the addiction. Anorexia is a form of addiction that makes people have a skewed perception of their weight and an obsession with an unhealthy body weight. When people struggle with anorexia, they can look like skin and bones and honestly believe they are overweight. Binge eating occurs when someone eats an uncommon amount of food, gorging himself or herself on a recurrent basis and often hiding it. This ends in drastic weight gain and a dependence on food, which requires intensive treatment.
The things that all these disorders have in common is that they hardly ever have anything to do with food and are extremely harmful to the body. Many times, eating disorders stem from deep-rooted agony and emotional struggle that need to be treated more than the action. The food is used as a scapegoat to handle the pain the person feels inside. The food is a coping mechanism for stress. Unfortunately, this addiction presents detrimental nutrition deficits that result in irreparable damage.
It is important if you feel like you or a loved one is battling with an eating disorder, a dangerous form of addiction, to get counseling and treatment immediately to begin recovery.