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Eating disorder

An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person's physical or mental health.

The cause of eating disorders is not clear. Both biological and environmental factors appear to play a role. Those who have experienced sexual abuse are also more likely to develop eating disorders. Some disorders such as pica and rumination disorder occur more often in people with intellectual disabilities. Only one eating disorder can be diagnosed at a given time.

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How people with eating disorders see themselves.

Contributed by Natasha Londono

How Bulimia Affects The Body

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

Eating Disorder Help Line: 1-800-931-2237 Anorexia: • Deliberate self-starvation with weight loss • Intense, persistent fear of gaining weight • Refusal to eat or highly restrictive eating • Continuous dieting • Excessive facial/body hair because of inadequate protein in the diet • Compulsive exercise • Abnormal weight loss • Sensitivity to cold • Absent or irregular menstruation • Hair loss Bulimia: Preoccupation with food Binge eating, usually in secret Vomiting after bingeing Abuse of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills Denial of hunger or drugs to induce vomiting Compulsive exercise Swollen salivary glands Broken blood vessels in the eyes Binge- Eating: Loss of control over amount of eating Marked distress over binge episode Occurs at least 1x per week for 3 months And, THREE or more of the following: Eating more rapidly than normal (i.e. 2 hr period) Eating until feeling uncomfortably full Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or very guilty over after overeating

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

Although certain measures should be taken to protect model health (much as common-day workers have certain rights protected), a BMI does not classify muscle, fat, and bone density, thus making it a bad way to set standards.

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

Pro-Ana or Pro-Mia (Anorexia or Bulimia) is the term for people who either support the disease or accept it as a lifestyle. Many underground websites have been created to support this lifestyle. Some common characteristics include: -bulletin boards and chat rooms -diaries (website owners post their diaries online,keeping viewers up-to-date daily on calorie intake or avoidance, relapses, recommitments, etc.); -tips and tricks (e.g. ideas for dieting, food avoidance, distractions from hunger, etc.); -trigger pictures or thinspirations (pictures of ultra-thin, emaciated bodies to inspire loyalty to the regime and distractions from hunger) -links to other pro-ana sites The Pro-Ana/Pro-mia communities are very tight-knit, especially as they are looked down upon by many people on the internet. One of the first websites to be opened was "Pro-Ana Nation", where no one who was recovering was allowed (due to the fact that they might make others lose motivation). The ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), asked servers like Yahoo to take down these sites July 2001. In the next few days, over 115 sites were taken down. This policy has mainly continued, so it it hard to have a long-running Pro-Ana/Mia website. One identifying symbol for the community is a red beaded bracelet.

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

Eating Disorders...

People tend to forget that men also suffer

Contributed by Amanda Slater

Video discussion eating disorders and their online presence

Contributed by Jackie Fernandez

Never alone

You may feel alone in the battle, you may have no one physically there.. But you are never alone. Eating disorders affect seven million women and one million men estimated in the world. Even this two pieces of fish and this simple salad can feel like an elephant to some. And some it can feel like nothing. Eating disorders go FAR beyond Anorexia, Bulimia and binge eating.... EDNOS is an eating disorder and just because you do may not look "Sick enough" for help.. You deserve it.. So you beautiful faces out there, treat yourselves right. because you are loved

Contributed by Ally Emily Feng-Ying Bork

The Psychology of Eating Disorders - Part 3

Contributed by Jeana Logue

The Psychology of Eating Disorders - Part 2

Contributed by Jeana Logue

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