Eating disorders…On the Rise

There is usually so much to think about in your everyday life. Money, exams, relationships, plus so much more all leading to stress. So sometimes the simple things in life, such as food, can become the least of your worries.

Eating disorders are increasing at a rapid rate in the United Kingdom and the problem is getting worst and worst.

“It’s estimated that one per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 30 have anorexia, two per cent have bulimia and as many as 15 per cent have a binge-eating disorder.”

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/emotional_health/mental_health/mind_eatingdisorders.shtml)

I spoke to eating disorder psychologist assistant, Roshanak Nekooi, who said:

“3 of the most well known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa ,bulimia nervosa and obesity. The charateristics of anorexia nervosa are based on the following criteria:

  • body weight less than 85% of that expected
  • distorted body image
  • intense fear of becoming fat despite being significantly underweight
  • amenorrhoea

Similarly Bulimia nervosa is characterised as having a distorted body image as well as repeatedly bingeing on food, followed by purging, misuse of laxatives or medication, fasting and excessive exercise. Females are considered to have an increased risk of developing anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa with a diagnostic percentage of 90-95%. The average diagnostic age for anorexia nervosa is adolescents, whereas bulimic patients are seen to be predominantly in their 20s.”

Roshanak also said- “People with bulimia nervosa are likely to binge on food and then purge afterwards. Their weight is usually at the low end of the healthly bmi which is why it is difficult to tell if they have an eating disorder by looking at them. Anorexics dont enjoy eating, however they enjoy cooking and reading about food, they usually play with their food and cut it up into small peices. They also take part in excessive excercise.”

There are now many programmes in the media highlighting the issues of eating disorders in this country. Supersize vs. Superskinny, shown on Channel 4, shows the reality of two different people facing their different disorders. This programme shows eating disorders at there worst and tries to show the patients the root of their eating disorder problem.

I also spoke to a student, who did not want to be named, about her struggles with food, here is a soundclip of what happened and how she got through her ordeal:

http://soundcloud.com/girlabouttown/eating-disorders

There is also a lot of help out there for people suffering from eating disorders, so do not hesitate to give them a call about even the smallest problem with food:

  •  b-eat

Tel : (adults) : 08456 341414

Tel : (under 25s): 08456 347650

Website :www.b-eat.co.uk

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