Eating disorders are ugly and unattractive. Their forces may reach way beyond the number on the scale and sieve their tentacles deep into the victim’s soul. The ones who succumb to the power that seems out of their control, often endure a lifetime of unhappiness and remorse. We need to eat to live, but we do not need to live to eat. Pressure from outside influences or wants from within can often bring eating disorders to weigh beyond the scale. Whether upbringing, peer pressure or inside yearning to be perfect, the causes of eating disorders can be distractive, destructive and deadly.
Eating disorders can be very complex. They may occur naturally through predestined genes and heredity. They can also appear through the ideals that are measured by society through movies and advertisements, learned behavior from parents, or simply bad nutritional habits. Preparing for weddings, reunions and vacations can often bring on extreme dieting in order to reach that final goal on the scale or into the chosen outfit. Routines and ruts of work schedules, post-pregnancy and parenting duties are only more reasons not to eat right and are prone to forgoing regular meals.
Eating disorders weigh beyond the scale with the dreaded spiral of depression, unworthiness and hopelessness. The ongoing habit of over-eating or depriving oneself can become an addiction that forms overtime. Days go by with little to none in nutritional food value as fast food or no food is consumed. The body is equipped to rise above the travesty and pull all stops in survival. By some miracle, the human is able to survive through the laziness of being underfed and cared for.
Many factors are brought into play with eating disorders, everywhere from their origin to the lengthy displays and cries for help. The controlling nature of the disease is both physical and psychological. The addiction of looking good in the mirror can cause one to starve themselves by anorexia. Depleting the body of necessary food results in malnutrition, losing too much weight and having ongoing health problems such as arthritis, immune and hormone diseases. Going overboard with food can be a sign of bulimia, where massive amounts of food are consumed, just to be ridded by the body through laxatives or purging.
Overeating and keeping it all inside result in weight gain and obesity. Eating disorders can take many forms and are quite serious to overall health. Diet pills and gimmicks aimed at weight loss are contributors in both directions of the eating disorder spectrum. Overcoming the addiction to be a certain weight is measured much more than with a scale. Trained professionals can help in more than managing weight issues as they tackle root problems.
It can be a long road for sufferers of eating disorders as they relearn healthy patterns and accountability. The once destructive disease does not have to take hold for a lifetime as careful planning of restoring meals and support from friends, family and health professionals are relied upon. The scale of life is based on the soul’s desire to survive. Eating disorders can weigh way beyond the scale.
By Roanne H. FitzGibbon