Here’s How Mindfulness Therapies Can Help You Recover From Eating Disorders…


Here’s How Mindfulness Therapies Can Help You Recover From Eating Disorders



In today’s fast-paced world wherein you face tough competition in everything that you do, developing mental illnesses and behavioral disorders is certainly not uncommon.Because of the strong competition, you end up thinking a lot about how you look, what you wear, and how you communicate with others. Since you face a lot of pressure you end up taking improper steps to deal with your problems.

Since celebrities across the world are setting new benchmarks for fitness each day. You go to any extent when it comes to maintaining a perfect body shape. They invest a lot of time in gyms to maintain a perfect body shape, which is all fine. However, the problem arises when common people (their fans) try to get the same body shape by implementing unhealthy techniques. And the worst part is that people fail to understand that what works for celebrities may not work for them. There is no denying the fact that, people who are in showbiz stick to healthy habits for improving their fitness. They take the support of well-qualified fitness trainers and dietitians who guide them through every step.

However, most of the people who want to look like their favorite celebrities end up using unhealthy ways of improving their fitness. For example, they try to eliminate a large number of foods from their diet simply because they think that those foods help in gaining weight.

Mental conditions are like eating disorder largely stem from such situations. Yes, people who are overly obsessed with their body image either end up starving themselves or indulge in behaviors like purging and excessive exercise after eating too much.

Eating disorders can be described as mental illnesses which are either characterized by excessive eating that is followed by behaviors like fasting, purging and excessive exercise or starvation to prevent weight gain. Yes, both men and women suffering from eating disorders have severe concerns about the shape of their body and weight.

Irregular eating habits such as excessive eating and inadequate consumption of food can have severe consequences on the overall well-being of a person. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder are some of the common eating disorders that affect a large number of people across the world.

Though it’s true that eating disorders typically affect teens and young adults, it doesn’t mean others are safe from these health conditions. Yes, anyone can get affected by eating disorders at any point in their life.

Here’s a Brief Description of Different Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

One of the most common eating disorders that affect both males and females is Anorexia Nervosa. Patients struggling with this condition have an unrealistic perception of body image and they live with a constant fear of gaining weight. And since they live with a fear of gaining weight they end up eliminating several types of food from their diet. They often believe that they are overweight, which is why they cut down on certain foods which they believe help in increasing weight. Sometimes people who are underweight also start starving themselves because they believe that they are overweight. 

Health Effects of Anorexia Nervosa

  • People affected by Anorexia Nervosa often struggle with multi-organ failure
  • Some people also experience brain damage
  • Heart diseases are also extremely common in the victims of Anorexia Nervosa
  • In addition to that, conditions like bone loss and infertility are also common in people affected by Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa 

Bulimia Nervosa is a condition wherein patients consume an excessive amount of food at frequent intervals. However, this behavior is often followed by purging, spending a lot of time in a gym, and fasting. In addition to that, they also try to compensate their abnormal eating behavior by the excessive use of diuretics. Victims of Bulimia Nervosa also live with a fear of gaining weight and they feel dejected with their body weight.

The behavior that is followed by overeating is often kept secret by the patients because they are ashamed of it. Yes, whether you talk about purging or using diuretics, patients suffering from this illness hide such behaviors from others.

Health Effects of Bulimia Nervosa 

  • People affected by this condition often experience gastrointestinal problems
  • They also suffer from severe dehydration and heart diseases

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is a condition wherein a person keeps on consuming food at frequent intervals. However, what distinguishes it from Bulimia Nervous is that binge eating is never followed by behaviours like purging and excessive exercise. 



Health Effects of Binge Eating Disorder 

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Intense feeling of guilt which can sometimes lead to anxiety and depression

Now let’s take a look at the causes of eating disorders

Eating disorders are extremely common mental illnesses which can stem from biological, psychological, environmental factors. Biological factors like nutritional deficiencies and genetics play a vital role in the development of eating disorders.

Psychological factors such as poor self-esteem and negative body image also contribute a lot toward the development of eating disorders. Apart from that, environmental factors such as professions that focus on the reduction of weight (like modelling) cultural pressure, and dysfunctional family dynamic also play their own role in enhancing the risk of eating disorders.

Treatment for Eating Disorder  

Mindfulness Techniques

You can see a world of difference in your condition if you practice mindfulness techniques. By practicing mindfulness techniques regularly you can easily avoid behaviors like overeating, starvation, purging and excessive exercise. 

Meditation

Meditation is one of the most important and effective mindfulness techniques that helps in enhancing a person’s awareness about the environment in which they live and their own behavior. Apart from offering relaxation, and improving sleep and concentration meditation also makes it easier for a person to understand themselves in a better way. It helps them in tackling their negative thoughts, which eventually plays a crucial role in thinking positive about their body weight and shape.

Yoga 

Another important mindfulness technique that can help a person suffering from an eating disorder is yoga. It not only helps in improving your physical fitness but also enhances your mental well-being. Like meditation, yoga also improves your ability to deal with your negative thoughts. 

Therapies for Eating Disorders

Apart from mindfulness techniques eating disorders can also be treated with therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Medical Nutrition Therapy, Family Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

Since eating disorders are very dangerous for the health of the patients it’s important to seek quick treatment for them.

According to Charter Harley Street, “Eating disorders can have severe and permanent physical consequences on the sufferer’s body and health, in particular, potentially affecting almost every aspect of physical health and frequently connected to depression and suicidal ideation.”

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also a very effective treatment approach for eating disorders. It’s a type of counselling that helps patients develop coping skills to deal with their negative thoughts. Patients have to keep on attending counselling sessions until they develop coping skills to defeat the negative thoughts about their body weight and shape.

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