How Eating Disorders Affect our Body Image

 

How Eating Disorders Affect our Body Image - For Sufferers of eating disorders, whether it is anorexia, bulimia or EDNOS who may worry about their body image, you should not allow this to affect your life any more. Read on to find out how you can overcome this condition.
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One of the vital pillars of having a good sex life is feeling good about ourselves. For the millions of people in the U.S. battling eating disorders, however, it can be impossible to have a good body image, regardless of how many individual (and even unrealistic or unhealthy) ‘goals’ are attained. In many ways, eating disorders are similar to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition in which one fixates on one or more perceived body flaws, leading to serious mental anguish and an inability to function socially.

 

Patients may fixate on perceived ‘excess fat’ in one area, the shape of their nose, scars or wrinkles. They may become depressed and socially isolated, and they may avoid intimate relationships or even, in very serious cases, attempt suicide.

 

Patients with BDD can follow obsessive rituals, such as constantly checking their weight or image in the mirror, seeking reassurance from others, exercising excessively, etc. Often, BDD co-exists with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). Having a negative body image is present in both eating disorders and BDD, though there are more similarities.

 

Jon E. Grant and Katharine A. Phillips from the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School notice, for instance, that patients with anorexia nervosa can grow excessively worried about other aspects of their body that do not have to do with weight.

 

These researchers looked at anorexia as a sub-type of body dysmorphic disorder, finding that sufferers may become preoccupied with the size or shape of other body parts, such as their nose or arms.

 

Repetitive checking one’s image in the mirror or body measuring can also be present in both conditions. Patients with anorexia can also avoid certain social occasions that may aggravate their self-consciousnesses about  ‘body flaws’.

 

Despite the similarities, anorexia is not a sub-type of BDD though they can occur together, their common bond being a negative body image.

 

Eating disorders have a  negative impact on body image, since it is augmented severely by conditions such as anorexia. Malnutrition in itself is a trigger for a growing negative body image. This dangerous relationship can only be ended when a person seeks professional help.

 

Treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy (or Maudsley Therapy) and Group Therapy, alongside professional help from nutritionists and medical specialists, are vital if one is to restore one’s physical and mental health and well-being, and eventually, enjoy a satisfying sex life.

 

Sufferers of eating disorders, whether it is anorexia, bulimia or EDNOS may worry about their body image. This can be the precursor to the illness, or begin whilst the sufferer is restricting or bingeing on food. It can also be tied into Body Dysmorphic Disorder too.

 

This guide, which you can read here: http://www.bulimia.com/topics/body-image/ sets out plainly and simply the problems that anyone with a long term eating disorder might find themselves having to treat.

 

By Melissa Davis

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