by Catherine Rein
(last updated May 6, 2009)
Our cultural exposure, especially in the U.S., has increasingly been overwhelmed with food. Whether through advertisements for fast food or diet treatments, we are constantly bombarded with images of food. This unnatural obsession with food has resulted in increasing levels of eating disorders in our population.
Eating disorders are serious illnesses. Fortunately, they are treatable and if the illness is caught early the patient can have a full and lasting recovery. You can get help for yourself or loved ones by seeking treatment through various organizations and healthcare providers. You can learn more about each of the common eating disorders here:
Each of these eating disorders, if left untreated, can have a serious impact on the health of the patient's body. Menstrual periods may cease, bones thin due to the loss of calcium, muscles waste away and depression may take hold.
Overcoming eating disorders is not easy and will require the help of trained professionals. A healthy body image and healthy mindset about weight are keys to avoiding eating disorders. By staying away from the scale and enjoying food because of its healthy taste and the way it strengthens your body you can begin to view your body in a different and healthy way.
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