Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, backgrounds, body weights and genders. Many of us have concerns about our health, appearance, and weight from time to time, however some people can become obsessed with weight loss and controlling their food intake to a point where it’s unhealthy. Some common types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. You have probably heard of at least one and its symptoms before.
Even though eating disorders can affect everyone, they tend to develop during the teenage and young adult years. The exact cause of eating disorders is still a mystery, but they seem to coexist with psychological and medical issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trouble coping with emotions and substance abuse. It can start innocently by just eating a bit more or less than usual.
It’s common for people struggling with eating disorders to hide their unhealthy behaviours, so it can be difficult to recognise the signs, especially if we are not educated as a society. Awareness can lead to prevention and early diagnosis which can be used to help and treat the people in need. It is also important because being familiar with eating disorders can lead to increased consciousness and empathy for those fighting their battles. Here at Zakon, we are offering CPD certified courses to help you and the people around you.