Osteoarthritis Eating Disorders – What’s Needed?

The American Psychiatric Association currently recognizes only three categories of Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (for pathological eating behavior not meeting criteria for Anorexia or Bulimia).

Although binge eating disorder isn’t necessarily an ‘official’ mental health-related disorder, it’s just as devastating to the people who suffer from it as those disorders that ‘made the cut’ with the APA. To diagnose it, mental health providers refer to it in the third type of Eating Disorder NOS.

Makes you wonder!

These are just meaningless words to the people who suffer from binge eating disorder. Their lives are dominated by food, many times to the extent that they consider suicide as their only option to end their suffering. Every day is a battle in their war against over-eating. Every day they lose the battle. They consume very large amounts of food at one time to the extent that they feel uncomfortably full. Many use food as a means to cope with, or block, feelings they do not want to feel such as anger and fear.

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They use food as a way of numbing themselves, of filling an emotional void in their life such as loneliness. Food can be their way of coping with stress. To recover from a binge eating disorder, they must seek professional assistance from a therapist and/or in-patient recovery program that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.

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Im writing an essay on eating disorders and i need to know how family and friends influence them. I also need to know the effects of all 3 main types of eating disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. Thanks in advance :)

  • Family or friends telling them that they are not good enough and they are overweight binge eating- way to help with problems With anorexia, the body goes into starvation mode and the lack of nutrition can affect the body in many ways: a drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate hair loss and fingernail breakage loss of periods languors, a soft hair that can grow all over the skin lightheartedness inability to concentrate anemia swollen joints brittle bones With bulimia, constant vomiting and lack of nutrients can cause: constant stomach pain damage to the stomach and kidneys tooth decay (from exposure to stomach acids) "chipmunk cheeks," when the salivary glands permanently expand from throwing up so often loss of periods loss of the mineral potassium (this can contribute to heart problems and even death) Common physical effects of binge eating disorder include: Type 2 diabetes Gallbladder disease High cholesterol High blood pressure Heart disease Certain types of cancer Osteoarthritis Joint and muscle pain Gastrointestinal problems Sleep apnea

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  • Among those suffering from a binge eating disorder, few of the signs and symptoms are visible, but most are not. These individuals are almost always morbidly obese. Weight gain is noticeable as is weight loss when the person goes on a near-starvation diet that does not work because it is not nutritionally sound. A fluctuation in weight is common among obese sufferers of binge eating disorder.

    Other signs and symptoms of this disorder go purposefully unseen. In binge eating disorder, sufferers feel out of monitoring of their eating behavior. They have very low self-esteem and are disgusted with themselves for being unable to stop eating. A co-existing depressive disorder such as Major Depression or Dysthymia, and an anxiety disorder such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder are very common in those who suffer from eating disorders.

    Which disorder existed first and caused the other isn’t only unknown, but also irrelevant since both conditions require mental health treatment.

    Other signs and symptoms of this disorder include loss of sexual interest, a belief that life would be best if only they lost weight, having secretive eating habits, hiding or hording food, and shunning of social situations where food will be present. Obese sufferers rarely let anyone else see them eat. They’re used to the stigma of being fat, believing (correctly) that others will criticize them if they eat just the smallest amount of food.

    Drive-through fast food is a blessing for the people who suffer from binge eating disorder. Rather than enter a restaurant where others will see them eating, these individuals use an ‘anonymous’ drive-through where they can purchase and eat large amounts of food without being seen by restaurant patrons. Pizza and Chinese food deliveries accomplish the same purpose.

    Depression-The stress from having a binge eating disorder can cause a never ending cycle of low self-esteem, self-abhorrence, and self-comforting with food. An individual may see food as both a friend and an enemy. This love/hate relationship with food leads to more destructive thoughts and behaviors.

    Absolutely, and as well, these complications could become life-threatening if the syndrome isn’t treated. Obesity causes numerous dangerous medical conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, liver and kidney problems, and high cholesterol.

    In addition to problems caused directly from obesity, those with binge eating disorder often suffer from osteoarthritis due to poor nutrition, shortness of breath, and decreased mobility. All these medical conditions must be addressed during the sufferer’s mental health treatment.

    Binge eating disorder and the behaviors that accompany it are very difficult on the heart, making it pump faster to insure blood flow. Eventually the heart simply gives out. Sufferers from this disorder die from cardiac arrest. This is a death that could have been avoided.