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Eating Disorder – a common teenage problem.

• Medical conditions that involve abnormal eating habits like either eating insufficient or excessive quantities of food are referred to as eating disorders.
• Eating disorders are detrimental to both the physical and mental health of an individual.
• The most common eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia.
• Eating disorders are not really age or gender specific.
• This can affect men, women and even children.
• Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia can cause drastic fluctuations in body weight.
• It can damage important functions in the body.
• People suffering from anorexia are under the constant fear of gaining weight.
• People who suffer from bulimia resort to purging and binge eating.

Symptoms for Eating Disorders

• particular physical signs.
• abnormal behavioral changes.
• very emaciated, frail or thin.
• obsession with weight control.
• eating habits.
• erratic behavior.
• signs of depression and lethargy.

Anorexia and bulimia can also cause other health problems like:
• tooth decay
• water retention
• bloating
• abdominal distress
• irregular periods
• esophageal damage
• hormonal fluctuations
• heart diseases
• suicidal tendencies
• infertility
• neurological problems

Remedies for Eating Disorders

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
• Family therapy.
• Interpersonal psychotherapy.
• Recreation.
• Art or music therapy.
• Nutritional counseling.
• Psychoanalysis.
• Medications.
• Helping a person change the way she looks at herself.
• Parents should help their children feel good about their body.
• Help them increase their self esteem.
• Healthy eating habits and regular exercising should also be encouraged in the family.
• Fad diets, fasting, starvation and use of diet pills should be strictly discouraged.
• Eat a variety of spicy foods such as chilies, peppers, jalapenos and spicy curries and sauces as they can help in controlling an over active appetite.
• It is always healthier to eat low fat and low carbohydrate foods.
• Eating licorice when you feel like snacking helps avoid imbalances.
• Feel like snacking then it is also a good idea to eat a mint, brush your teeth or rinse with a mouthwash.

Diet for Eating Disorders

• A good diet plan is one which provides enough nutrients and calories to the body.
• The diet of the patient plays a vital role in promoting long term emotional and physical recovery.
• Eating regular meals and healthy snacking at similar time’s everyday is very important.
• High protein foods like lean meat, fish and eggs should be included in the daily diet of the patient.
• Fiber rich foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains must be eaten.
• This helps to strengthen the immune system.
• It also aid in digestion and metabolism.
• Dietary fats are also vital to improve nutrient absorption, brain function and skin and hair health.
• Introduce vitamin supplements in the daily diet.
• Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and riboflavin, folic acid and niacin are extremely important.
• These vitamins must be given regularly.

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