Have you ever felt fat even if you have a normal weight just because your weight soars above your friends’ weight? Diet then came at the top of your mine. The start of involving yourself in a diet was also the start of you taking extreme means to lose more weight.
You started by cutting your intake of calorie by a small amount of say about a thousand per day. Then you also began a forceful program of exercise of let’s say, running. You started making limitations on yourself like not eating unless you have finished running of about 10 miles. After finishing the miles you set, you began eating but only about a handful of cereals and a few vegetables. Sometimes, you only eat when you are really hungry that you are about to faint.
Eating Disorder Inventory has been developed by Psychologist David Garner and his colleagues. Eating Disorder Inventory aids in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of people towards eating and their bodies. There are 12 items in the Eating Disorder Inventory. These twelve sentences are:
I think my stomach is too big.
I eat when I am upset.
I stuff myself with food.
I think about dieting.
I think that my thighs are too large.
I feel ineffective as a person.
I feel extremely guilty after overeating.
I am terrified of gaining weight.
I get confused as to whether or not I am hungry.
If I gain a pound, I worry that I will keep gaining.
I have the thought of trying to vomit in order to lose weight.
I eat or drink in secrecy.
If you happen to say yes to most of the items, you have to reconsider your attitudes towards your body and food. It might be helpful to have someone to talk to about it. Answering too many “always” to the sentences provided is likely for an individual to develop an eating disorder.
One of the most important ways of treating and individual who has eating disorders is through using medications. Tricyclic antidepressants are better in decreasing binging and vomiting in enhancing a sense of management among people. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAO inhibitors is also efficient as an eating disorder treatment although they are not regularly prescribed owed to the reason that they need dietary restrictions that are so severe to block side effects. Fluoxetine also known as Prozac is a medication that attests to be very effective. However, there is a negative side effect in taking these medications. They prove to be addictive.
According to one woman interviewed after she went into a drug rehab due to taking medications to recover from her eating disorder, “I first started having problems with my body caused by my eating disorder. My menstruation stopped. I get chronically tired and I have problems sleeping. I even faint a couple of times. I told my parents about it and made me see a specialist. The specialist prescribed me some Prozac.”
Fluoxetine proves to be effective in treating her eating disorder but days passed by and she started getting addicted to that substance. She likes the feeling it provide after taking it. She still takes in the substance despite having recovered from her eating disorder. Sometimes, she even fakes that she still has an eating disorder just to acquire the drug. One thing really leads to another.
Eating disorders are very easy to treat. One should not be weak enough to actually seek for help.