An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. An eating disorder can also affect your mental state, for example you can stop yourself from socialising due to the constant thoughts that you don’t look “perfect enough.” Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 17 years old. Many girls are influenced on social media to look a certain way and not getting that correct selfie can often lead to something much more attacking. But there are treatments that can help, and you can recover from an eating disorder.
Recognise your Symptoms
Some symptoms include spending a lot of time worrying about your weight and body shape, avoiding socialising when you think food will be involved, eating very little food, deliberately making yourself sick or taking laxatives after you eat, exercising too much or even changes in your mood. There are also physical symptoms that can be noticed; problems with your digestion, your weight being very high or very low for someone of your age and height, not getting your period. Once you recognise your symptoms try and identify a type the two most common diagnosed are anorexia (trying to keep your weight as low as possible) and bulimia (when you sometimes lose control and eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time and are then deliberately sick.)
If you recognise any symptoms it is a good idea to go and see your GP or talking to someone reliable. However, many teens often feel afraid to go and talk to a professional, in this case try discussing with your friends or parents.
Approach a “Diet” correctly
When people start to get obsessed with the idea that they’re weight is too much or too less they start to turn to a diet. However, this means they either cut out everything and give themselves restrictions or begin eating too much. You need to take the right attitude towards a diet. So try starting a meal plan and nourishing yourself with a balanced diet which consists of a range of foods and nutrients. Why not try having the correct plate, this means having a healthy sized plate to ensure you’re having the right portions.
Lastly try finding time to take out of your day to do something that pleases you whether that is going for a walk, cooking etc. Treating ourselves is very important for our mental health and keeping a good mental health ensures a great physical health. So try freeing time for something fun than bombarding your list with tasks you know you won't get done.
I hope this article has taught you a bit more about eating disorders and how you can fight over them by using these tips. Unfortunately, Fahmida is leaving us for her GCSE exams now however, I will be continuing to put these pieces up weekly.
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