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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Guest Blog on Eating Disorders

Today’s guest blog comes courtesy of https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/.

How Online Therapy Can Help You with Your Eating Disorder

No matter whether you are a dancer or teacher, farmer or businessman, stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your body. In some people it can cause anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder while in others it may present itself as depression or bipolar disorder. However, in many people, especially dancers, anxiety can lead to an eating disorder. There are several types of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Is characterized by someone who is not eating enough to sustain their health. They will be extremely underweight but see themselves as being fat. Even to the point of their bones and ribs sticking out. When they look in the mirror, they see something different than the rest of us.

Binge Eating
Secretly eating a bunch of food in one sitting, sometimes even up to 5,000 calories, and then feeling guilty afterward is a red flag of binge eating. They will try to hide how much they ate and say they are never going to do it again, but then they do it again. Those with binge eating disorder are usually overweight or obese and can end up with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disorders.

Bulimia is similar to binge eating but the person will make themselves vomit or take laxatives to purge the large amount of foods they eat. This is just as dangerous as anorexia as their body still does not get the nutrients from the food. Their teeth will lose enamel, they may have ulcers, and it can also cause damage to the heart.
According to the National Eating Disorder Foundation, approximately 10 million women and 1 million men have eating disorders. Although anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, it is most common in certain people such as:

·        Women
·        Family history of an eating disorder or other mental health condition
·        Those with low self esteem
·        Previous diagnosis of anxiety or depressive disorder
·        Having a major life change like divorce or loss of a loved one
·        Living with people (family or roommates) who are pressured to be thin (such as dancers)
·        Anyone who was called fat or overweight as a child
·        Victims of sexual, physical, verbal, or mental abuse
·        Those who feel their life is out of control

Although being a dancer means that you need to stay in top physical shape, it does not mean that you need to starve yourself to do it. In fact, if your body does not get enough nutrients, you will not be able to dance. You will get sick; your bones will become brittle, you will constantly feel exhausted, you may have heart or kidney problems, and you can end up with life-threatening anemia or other blood disorders. This can suck the motivation right out of you and you will not be able to do anything, let alone dancing. Without motivation, you may not even want to get out of bed. That is not going to get you anywhere.

If you or someone you love has symptoms of any type of eating disorder, contact a professional right away. Online therapy is very effective in treating eating disorders. In fact, studies show that online therapy is just as good, if not better, than traditional face to face therapy. And one of the best benefits of being able to talk to your therapist online is that you do not need an appointment so you can do it whenever you want. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, you do not have to leave the house to talk to your therapist. In fact, you can do it right from your own couch, easy chair, or even from bed.

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