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Today topic is eating disorders.
What is a eating disorder?
An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill. – NHS Website.
Who can get a eating disorder?
Anyone. Any age. Any gender.
Types of eating disorders
- Anorexia Nervosa – When you try to keep your weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or both.
- Bulimia- When you sometimes lose control and eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binging) and are then deliberately sick, use laxatives (medication to help you poo), restrict what you eat, or do too much exercise to try to stop yourself gaining weight.
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – When you regularly lose control of your eating, eat large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty.
- Other Specified Feeding Or Eating Disorder (OSFED) – When your symptoms don’t exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but it doesn’t mean it’s a less serious illness.
Symptoms of an eating disorder are from the NHS Website!
- Spending a lot of time worrying about your weight and body shape.
- Avoiding socialising when you think food will be involved.
- Eating very little food.
- Deliberately making yourself sick or taking laxatives after you eat.
- Exercising too much.
- Having very strict habits or routines around food.
- Changes in your mood.
- Feeling cold, tired or dizzy.
- Problems with your digestion.
- Your weight being very high or very low for someone of your age and height.
- Not getting your period for women and girls.
- Dramatic weight loss.
- Lying about how much and when they’ve eaten, or how much they weigh.
- Eating a lot of food very fast.
- Going to the bathroom a lot after eating, often returning looking flushed.
- Excessively or obsessively exercising.
- Avoiding eating with others.
- Cutting food into small pieces or eating very slowly.
- Wearing loose or baggy clothes to hide their weight loss.
Treatments for eating disorders
You can recover from an eating disorder but it takes time. You aren’t crazy if you have an eating disorder. You are human and you are ill. You can get the correct treatment and you can continue to live life.
You will be referred to an eating disorder specialist what are trained professionally to deal with eating disorders. You will have a treatment plan.
Treatments for eating disorder involve-
- Talking therapy such as CBT.
- Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa – A therapy what you talk to a therapist in other to understand what is causing your eating disorder.
- Diet Advice.
- Focal psychodynamic therapy.
- Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM).
- Family Therapy.
- Adolescent-focused psychotherapy.
- Bone Health.
- Medication- Anti Depressant.
What causes eating disorders?
There isn’t an answer for a cause of having an eating disorder but there is some triggers should as:
- Being bullied.
- You or a member of your family has a history of eating disorders, depression, or alcohol or drug addiction.
- You have been criticised for your eating habits, body shape or weight.
- You have anxiety, low self-esteem.
- You have been sexually abused.
- You’re overly concerned with being slim, particularly if you also feel pressure from social media.
Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you.
You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all.
You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day. You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else. God Bless x
Here is some numbers to contact if you are expierencing a mental health crisis:
Samaritians- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week:
Call this number – 116 123
Email address is Jo@samaritans.org
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men! 5pm to midnight every day.
Call this number: 0800 58 58 58
Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat
Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm.
Phone number: 0800 068 41 41
Text Number: 07786 209697
Childline- For children and young people under 19.
Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line- For older people
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433
In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14
Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK:
- Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment.
- Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need.
- Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one.
Love from Shannon Diana xx
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