“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”English Proverb
An eating disorder is a type of nutritional disorder. There are two common types of eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.
Anorexia is an emotional disorder categorized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. Bulimia is an emotional disorder in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting. Both involve negative thoughts towards food and body appearance, mostly self-critical, which leads to eating behaviours that harms normal body functioning and composition. Like stated in the previous article on nutritional disorders (linked above), a person cannot be infected with an eating disorder. A person must be influenced to get an eating disorder.
For example, environmental factors must be there to push a person into such a disorder. Environmental factors could be things like bullying, media influence, slurs, etc. People who are most commonly affected with eating disorders are teenage females. It is becoming more common, though, for children in elementary school to begin having eating disorders. This is mostly due to media.
Media has a large portrayal of women being stick thin when, in reality, most girls that thin aren’t healthy. Professional Photoshop is done on models so they look like they only weigh 100lbs. Teenage women are more likely to be influenced by this in their state of development and self-finding. In Canada, approximately 1.5% Canadian women aged 15-24 had an eating disorder according to a 2002 survey (source).
This pie chart shows which countries of the world have a higher mortality rate due to eating disorders.
Within the world, up to 70million people suffer from an eating disorder. Out of these 70million, 50% meet the criteria for depression.
When you have an eating disorder, your entire body is wracked with havoc. Your immune system goes down from not getting the proper nutrients it needs. Your metabolism slows down dramatically. With anorexia your body may experience: a drop in blood pressure/heart/breathing rate, hair loss and fingernail breakage, loss of menstrual cycle in women, feel lightheaded and the inability to concentrate, anemia, swollen joints, and brittle bones. When you have bulimia your body may experience: constant stomach pain, damage to the stomach and kidneys, tooth decay (due to stomach acids), salivary glands temporarily swelling, loss of menstrual cycle in women, and lack of potassium within the body’s system.
Most treatments for eating disorders is therapy. Options include group therapy, art and culinary therapy, behavioral therapy, family therapy and many others. Medication may need to be prescribed if the eating disorder has disrupted the body and caused drastic changes (such as heart and kidney failure, depression, etc.). A lot of the time, psychiatric care is needed. You can search for treatment facilities here.
So, how do you prevent something like this from happening? Keep a positive attitude with you about yourself and your body image. You’re stuck with your body for the rest of your life so you have to be happy with it. Keeping well versed in your knowledge of nutrition and exercising regularly will also help with preventing an eating disorder. Mostly you have to be happy with yourself, because eating disorders not only hurt you in the end, but your family, friends, and everyone around you.
If you’re looking for a particular doctor to help with your eating disorder, Ms. Abigail Natenshon is a psychotherapist who has specialized within eating disorders. You can look at her website here. Another doctor who may be able to help is Dr. Theodore Weltzin who is a board-certified psychiatrist.
If you have an eating disorder talk to a loved one, family member, friend, doctor, or psychiatrist. Try to find local resources to you to get the attention you need as soon as possible.
A nutritional disorder is an imbalance of proper nutrients within an organism (source). There isn’t just one type of nutritional disorder to look out for, either. There are plenty. The worst part of them? These disorders are not like a cold or a flu. You can’t eat more oranges to prevent them, and you can’t get a shot. Most nutritional disorders are from psychological factors, environmental factors, and, occasionally but rarely, genetics to some degree.
To prevent nutritional disorders are a bit more difficult than preventing your next flu. With some cases, peoples’ entire lives need to be re-adjusted to living a healthier lifestyle. Nutrition, and keeping yourself healthy, are huge roles in our lives without us realizing it. Making sure you eat the right foods, and even eating them at the right time to give your body energy, is all within nutrition.
Depending on the nutritional disorder, your weight could be lower or higher. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat does, however, muscle is much healthier on your body than fat. One thing that is usual, though, is that you are tired and lethargic even with getting the right amount of sleep (at least eight hours!).
Nutritional disorders includes everything from malnutrition, to obesity, to eating disorders!
If you think you may have a nutritional disorder, look a bit more into them to see if you can find one that sounds more accurate to your situation. If you do have a nutritional disorder, talk to a family member, trusted friend, or an official about seeing a physician to become healthier.
Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
So many of us like sweets, which is great! Who doesn’t love some sweets? However, homemade sweets are always going to be better for you than store-bought treats. By making your own treats you know exactly what’s going in them. Here’s a great recipe I found for oatmeal cookies, one of my personal favourite, that taste delicious! Enjoy!
Makes 24 servings
1/2cups brown sugar
1/4cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
3cups rolled oats
1cup wheat flour, whole grain
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, cream together the applesauce and brown sugar until smooth.
- Beat in the egg then stir in the milk and vanilla.
- Mix in the flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon until well blended.
- Fold in the raisins (and if you want, 1 cup of chopped walnuts)
- Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”Edward Stanley
925 Million Hungry People in the World
Developed countries includes all first world countries such as Canada, America, the United Kingdom, etc.
So, Who Doesn’t Get Good Nutrition?
With today’s society, especially within North America, there are plenty of ways to get your essential needs. With all of these enriched foods and genetically modified foods, who can’t get proper nutrition?
Within Canada, more than 3million people were on welfare within March 1995 (source). This means that, without government help, 3million people would have had no way to get food that month. For most of these people, it wasn’t their first or last month on welfare, either. A lot of these people have families, or are families, that cannot afford enough money to get enough groceries to sustain their families.
When a family is low on money, it is more important to fill your child’s belly than to make sure they are getting the proper vitamins and what not, especially when that’s all you have the money to do. Even with these 3million people on welfare, most are probably not getting the nutrition they need.
However, how about world wide? How many people are malnourished on a world scale? Well, when it comes down to it, no one really knows how many people anywhere are malnourished. But people hungry? People who aren’t getting enough food? According to World Hunger Global, over 1000million people were hungry in 2009.
The most hungry demographic in the world is Asia and the Pacific. Next country to that is the Sub-Saharan Africa. All that have more than 20million hungry people are third-world demographics. Something, however that many people do not realize, is that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, and to feed everyone in a nutritional way.
To help eliminate world hunger, take a look at some of these quizzes. Each quiz you do, Hunger Notes donates five cents toward ending world hunger. You can also look at these different ways to reduce hunger and contribute financially to the world.