In recent years eating disorders have become a serious problem that has not stopped growing in our society. They are characterized by a fear of gaining weight that leads the person to perform extreme behaviors that put their health at risk. Many times it is not something aesthetic, but a need for control that triggers behavior related to food.
Eating disorders are traditionally divided into two categories:
- Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by a marked underweight. The person is able to radically lose weight in a very short time through restrictive behaviors (stop eating) or compensatory behaviors (vomiting, excessive exercise). This is motivated by a fear of gaining weight what leads her to lose more weight than what she initially marked as goal “just in case”.
- Bulimia is characterized by binge eating behavior where the person will eat, feeling unpleasantly full in a short period of time, and losing control of what they eat. This leads to compensatory behaviors that are usually vomiting in order to avoid getting fat after binge eating. In bulimia the person usually has a normal weight or even something overweight. Generally people who develop anorexia end up becoming bulimic.
These restrictive and compensatory behaviors are very aggressive for the organism, so in the long term they have very harmful consequences for health. It is necessary to intervene as soon as possible, with the help of the family nucleus to stop the symptoms as soon as possible.
If you or someone in your family is at risk or has developed an eating disorder, do not hesitate to contact us.