This is a food and fitness site, but there is always something lurking in the background of ‘healthy living’ and that is the taboo subject of Eating Disorders. 
They’re a disease and a condition, they’re awful, dark and often not spoken about.Least of all by me an eating disorder and it’s not something you can run away from..

People might casually joke ‘no cake? You’re not anorexic are you?’
but eating disorders are NO joke.
I hate to say this, to talk about it in anyway has always been hard for me.. but it’s something that does need to be said, I have one, I’ve had one for a long time..and I will always have one. It’s not something that can come and go, if you have one it becomes a part of you, whether it is your current secret, your history or part of your on going struggle.

Eating disorders result in about 7,000 deaths a year as of 2010, making them the mental illnesses with the highest mortality rate.

No one likes to think they have a problem, I didn’t, I’d constantly tell myself I’m fine until I lapsed and brokedown. Then I’ll spend a week being sick and hating myself for it, because once you break and purge it often leads to your body needing more food, so you binge and purge in a loop.
If you or someone you know has a problem with food, exercise, weight or even OCD tendencies you need talk about it.

I want to talk about EDNOS for a second (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified) I believe more people have this than they realise. 45% of people with suffer from problems relating to food in their lifetime, and of that 45% half of them will have EDNOS.
OCD habits are traits of eating disorders along with many other things you may not have noticed in your/their routine, to list a few: 

  • anorexia nervosa – when someone tries to keep their weight as low as possible, for example by starving themselves or exercising excessively
  • bulimia – when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately being sick or using laxatives (medication to help empty their bowels)
  • binge eating – when someone feels compelled to overeat

Oh and also, over eating IS an eating disorder, so obesity is more likely to be linked with anorexia than any other health condition as they are both a mental health issue.
“A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.”

 Bulimia Nervosa is explained as:

“This eating disorder is described by repeated episodes of binge eating, during which large amounts of food are consumed in a short period of time (sometimes as many as 20,000 calories).  As a result of the repeated binge eating, the person often feels depressed and guilty.
Purging Type: Individuals with this specific type of bulimia nervosa will have an episode of binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and/or diuretics (water pills) to avoid gaining weight from the binge.
Non-Purging Type: Individuals with this specific type of bulimia nervosa will have an episode of binge eating and then use other behaviours to offset the behaviour, such as fasting or excessive exercise.”


Now the above information doesn’t explain me! So I can’t possibly have it, WRONG, EDNOS is a mixture of many types of behaviours, so even if you don’t over eat it still means you have an eating disorder. I worry that it is going undiagnosed in women because they believe there are only a few types of eating disorders, EDNOS is a type of eating disorder but doesn’t fit into the 3 categories but it carries the traits of them.
Talk about it.
If you have any doubt in your eating habits or exercise habits talk about it, they will not judge you. They will help you, I hope. My partner has supported me through every low point I have, sometimes he’s just awful and treats me when I’m low by giving me sugary food, but he’s an ‘outsider’ and just does not get it, but he’s getting better.
If only one person gets diagnosed from this, that is one person I’ve helped.”Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialised facility for eating disorders.”


B-Eat is the UK Campaign for beating Eating disorders, Links for phone-lines and web chats are available 24/7.


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