#57 Eating Disorders

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As some of you may know, eating disorders are one of Marie’s specialties as she works at an eating disorder facility. Eating disorders are such a widespread condition so we want to teach you about them, signs of eating disorders, and ways they are treated. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with needing help so don’t be ashamed if you think anything we talk about in this episode may pertain to you. We want you all to be happy, healthy, and successful!

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Show notes:

  • Watch this! Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
  • NEDA National Eating Disorders Association (can also call 1-800-931-2237)
  • Anorexia Nervosa: restriction of energy intake relative to the requirements, which could lead to significantly low body weight for that person, intense fear of becoming overweight NOTE: weight is NOT a part of the diagnostic criteria
  • Bulimia Nervosa: recurrent episodes of binge eating including eating in a discrete amount of time large amounts of food AND feeling a lack of control over eating during an episode
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: recurrent episodes of binge-eating (eating a large amount of food in a small period of time, sense of a lack of control over eating during the episode) AND associated with 3 or more of: eating much more rapidly than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry, eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating, feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterwards
  • Paper about “4 key factors of anorexic family” ~29:15
  • An eating disorder doesn’t define the person. They aren’t an eating disorder, they are a person with an eating disorder.
  • Episode #32 Body Image with Summer Innanen
  • To get help: talk to primary care provider first and they can determine what level of care is most appropriate and refer to treatment in the area
  • If you are concerned that someone you care about may be suffering with an eating disorder, be honest with them about your concern.

Take Aways:

  • “Secrets keep people sick.” Ask for help and get help for others. If you see someone struggling they may be to scared to ask for help themselves and by not having anyone offer assistance it reinforces the self-deprecation in the sufferer’s mind. No one offering help means no one loves them and they are not worthy of love. Break the cycle.
  • The sooner the better to talk to someone about suffering with an eating disorder because the sooner they could get help

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