Archives For Eating Disorders

In the first blog, we discussed a preliminary inner thought process of someone with an eating disorder. We will discover what an eating disorder actually is and define different disorders. Eating disorders include extreme thoughts, behaviors and emotions about eating, weight, food, and body type, shape, and build. Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating patterns. They can be life-threatening and are very serious emotionally and physically.

There are different eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge-eating Disorder (BED), and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by restriction in eating, self-starvation, excessive weight loss, an extreme fear of becoming overweight, loss of menstruation, and an unhealthy concern with weight and body image.

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by binging on foods and purging. Binge-eating is eating an excessive amount of food in a short period of time. Binging produces an “out of control” experience for the person with bulimia. After binging, the person purges, which can include self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills, exercising excessively, fasting, and other forms. Like anorexia, there is an unhealthy concern with weight and body image.

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by binging on foods, but there is no purging process to the cycle. The person will excessively overeat, but not purge after every binging episode. Yet, the person may fast or be known for always being on a diet.

Eating Disorder NOS is a diagnosis for those that have an eating disorder, but do not meet the entire diagnostic criteria for AN or BN. For example, someone with all of the criteria of AN, yet still has menstruation or someone who purges without binging.

Eating disorders are difficult to live with and also difficult to work through. But, there is freedom from these disorders. Psychotherapy and a tailored team approach (medical, dietitian, etc.) is the most helpful form of treatment for eating disorders. If you feel overwhelmed or stuck in an eating disorder, seek treatment to find that freedom from what is controlling you.

Find out more information on particular eating disorders here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

Kristi Clements

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The Unspoken Issue (Part 1)

December 11, 2012

Have you ever sat with a friend, talking over dinner but your focus is not on the conversation? Your mind is not just wandering, but is rather fixated on one thing on the table. Maybe you stare at the bread basket in the middle, as you think about not eating more than one roll. Maybe you stare at the glass filled with water, as you try to imagine yourself feeling full just from your calorie-free beverage. Do you push your food around on the plate, giving the appearance that you are eating? Maybe your mind is on creating a plan to purge after this meal without your friend noticing or asking any questions.
Do you ever wonder if your relationship with food is overwhelming and spiraling out of control?
It is estimated that 7 million people in the United States have eating disorders. Nearly half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder. 10-15% of those 7 million are males. Eating disorders cause disturbances to daily eating habits, ranging from eating little to no food to overeating substantial amounts of food regularly. Eating disorders involve both men and women, of all cultures, ages, and body types. Many call eating disorders the “unspoken issue” because those that struggle with disordered eating stay quiet about their problem. It becomes easy to binge and purge alone without anyone ever knowing. Others learn to be experts at skipping meals without friends and family realizing what is happening.
If you read this with any conviction, sadness, or frustration in your heart, take the time to ask yourself why it bothered you so much. Beg God in prayer by asking, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts.” (). Become mindful of your eating patterns and seek help, finding freedom from the unspoken issue that may control you.

More information and statistics can be found at http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/anorexia/statistics.htm.

Kristi Clements

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23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts! (ESV)