When Food Becomes Poison: An Eating Disorder Alert Bulletin
Food is man’s primary source of energy, but for some it has become its primary cause of dysfunction. The worst part is in many cases of eating disorders, patients are in a denial state telling you they don’t have a problem. Don’t get too comfortable, though, as unbeknownst even to them, they could already be developing fatal health risks.
Don’t press the panic button just yet. Getting your loved ones to an eating disorder treatment center may still save them.
Statistics has it over 50% of people with eating disorders are prone to bouts of depression. The U.S. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders details an alarming report that there are over 30 million Americans from all walks of life and age who are suffering from an eating disorder.
Those suffering from anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight when the fact of the matter is they’re actually very thin. Bulimia and binge eating disorder are on the other end of the scale, eating as much as they can like there’s no tomorrow.
Anorexia carries the highest mortality rate in all mental illness with 4% of patients dying from complications. While lower, bulimia is attributed to 3.9% deaths of those suffering from it.
The first step is being able to identify the eating disorder early on. This could get tricky as many of these patients hide their eating habits.
As much as possible, getting your loved one to a treatment center is recommended. While you may think that you could in your own position influence your family member, getting professional help is highly advised. This is especially true with residential treatment as the patient will be in a controlled environment, allowing professional attention to start the healing process.
Know that for the most part, an eating disorder is a complex mental issue. Getting to the bottom of it requires medical expertise more than just persistence.