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PostSubject: Going Through Hell   Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:30 am

How do Eating Disorders affect your mind and body?

(this is not all the information available, I will add more later)



Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Physical
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Slow heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low body temperature
  • Brittle hair and finger nails
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin & dehydration
  • Growth of lanugo (soft furry hair on face, back & arms)
  • Amenorrhea (menstrual period stops)
  • Slow or stunted growth
  • Dizziness/Light headed feeling
  • Mild anemia


Emotional
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Distorted body image
  • Intense fear of weight gain
  • Low self-esteem
  • Withdrawal from friends & activities
  • Thinking about food most of the time
  • Lowers concentration and memory



Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

Physical
  • Electrolyte problems
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Dehydration
  • Swollen face (fluid retention)
  • Sore throat
  • Tooth decay/loss (irreversible)
  • Sensitivity of the teeth (irreversible)
  • Dry, flakey skin
  • Tearing of the esophogus which requires surgery
  • Heart arrhythmias (due to potassium loss from vomiting)
  • Constipation
  • Body weight is typically normal



Emotional
  • Depression
  • Shame or guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of weight gain
  • Withdrawal from friends



C.O.E. (Compulsive Over-Exercising)

Physical
  • Dehydration
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Muscular and skeletal injuries
  • Amenorrhea


Emotional
  • Deterioration of personal relationships
  • Socially Withdrawn
  • Depression
  • Changes in success at work and school



Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)

Physical
  • Suffer the same symptoms as anyone else with eating disorders. The only difference is that EDNOS sufferers may not qualify for insurance coverage, because they fail to meet the guidelines for eating disorders.
  • In danger of serious medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, retarded growth, kidney problems, ulcers and heart failure. Like other eating disorders, EDNOS can lead to death.


Emotional
  • Similar to a combination of Anorexia/Bulimia



Binge Eating

Physical
  • Inability to stop eating or control what you’re eating
  • Excess weight (considered either "above average" or overweight)
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic kidney problems or kidney failure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Irregular menstruation


Emotional
  • Feeling tension that is only relieved by eating
  • Embarrassment over how much you’re eating
  • Feeling numb while bingeing—like you’re not really there or you’re on auto-pilot.
  • Never feeling satisfied, no matter how much you eat
  • Feeling guilty, disgusted, or depressed after overeating
  • Desperation to control weight and eating habits


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