Monday, August 13, 2012

Emphasis on fat can warp whole life


Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell, AZ Republic, Aug 1, 2012, says anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing are serious mental illnesses that can ruin lives.

Ninety-five percent of those with eating disorders start in their teen years.

Anorexia, of course, is not eating or barely eating and excessive exercising alongside. This is the perfectionist kid—and controlling what she eats (boys can get it too but less often) is another way to be “perfect.”

This has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness—it can kill.

Signs of an eating problem…

Increased isolation, not going out, not wanting to go out for meals for sure.

Rapid weight change up or down.

Low self esteem.

Bathroom visits after meals.

Anxiety.

You need to consult someone quickly—these problems can leap out of control. Your child or friend may be eating only a couple of grapes a day or throwing up so much their throat is burned with acid.

Go to eatingdisordersanonymous.org to find help in your area.

Don’t dither.

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