Understanding Female Athlete Triad Syndrome

Understanding Female Athlete Triad Syndrome

Sports can be so competitive. Many athletes go to extreme ways to get that perfect body, the image sports judges appreciate.  Do you wonder why a lot of female gymnasts, for instance, have smaller to even flat chests even for 16-year-olds?  Although there may be a chosen few who are “blessed” to have a body of a gymnast, some girls who have developed breasts would exert more effort to lose body fat up to the point that it is not healthy anymore.  Such tedious and obsessive approach to fitness am…

Excessive Ingestion of Diuretics

Excessive Ingestion of Diuretics

Excessive ingestion of diuretics is a form of drug which drastically increases the volume of urine produced which means that this will give the person the “illusion” of weight loss since the water lost can be quite significant. However the important thing to consider is that there is no fat loss in this particular drug because it will only target the urine production instead of the fat deposits that are in the body. Most of eating disorder patients are familiar with this specific weight loss pla…

Physical Effects of Eating Disorders

Physical Effects of Eating Disorders

SkinDryness Fine Rash PimplesDehydrationReduced fluid intake Excessive fluid elimination Frequent vomitingLaxative abuseSalivary GlandsSwelling PainTendernessPossible InfectionFrequent vomitingConstipationInsufficient materialInsufficient fluidFailure to take in or retain sufficient food and fluidEDEMA Water retentionSwelling and puffiness more frequently ankles and feetElectrolyte imbalance? Perhaps general systems problemsMalnutritionFrequent vomitingExcessive laxatives or diureticsBloatingSwe…

Causes of Eating Disorders

Causes of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex conditions that can arise from a variety of potential causes. Once started, however, they can create a self-perpetuating cycle of physical and emotional destruction. All eating disorders require professional help.Psychological Factors Low self-esteem Feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life Depression, anxiety, anger, or lonelinessInterpersonal Factors Troubled family and personal relationships Difficulty expressing emotions and feelings History of being tea…

Recognizing an Eating Disorder

Recognizing an Eating Disorder

What is an eating disorder?Eating disorders are serious medical problems. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorders are all life threatening. What you rarely know is that these lethal mental disorders are may arise from a seemingly innocent obsession with dieting and exercising. Disordered eating isn’t necessarily an eating disorder but it may very well lead to it in time. In fact over 40 to 50 percent of young women are disordered eaters. What is worse is that instead of corr…

How to Deal with Emotional Eating

How to Deal with Emotional Eating

We can’t deny that there is a connection between our emotions and the food we eat. Chocolates are well known as aphrodisiacs. When we feel depressed we sometimes turn to some comfort foods. Or we eat to counter our boredom. But all of these instances of emotional eating can sabotage all of our best efforts to lose weight. What is worse is that emotional eating leads us to seek out high-calorie, sweet, salty and fatty foods. The connection between mood and food has long been documented. We don’t …

Symptoms of an Eating Disorders

Symptoms of an Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex psychological disorders in which an individual’s eating patterns are developed and then habitually maintained in an attempt to cope with other problems in the life. Eating disorders know no class, cultural, or gender boundaries and can affect men, women, adolescents, and even children, from all walks of life.Symptoms of Anorexia People who have anorexia develop unusual eating habits such as avoiding food and meals, picking out a few foods and eating them in small amo…