Posted on May 06, 2006 | Comments 0
Two Forms of Eating Addictions
Eating addictions comes in a couple of forms, i.e. some people are bulimics while others are anorexia. Bulimics will go on eating binges, while anorexia will strive hard to avoid food. Anorexia eating addictions causes the person to binge while eating, or else cut back on food, while the person places the finger in the mouth to cause vomiting. The issue for the person is gaining weight. On the other hand, bulimics will eat, eat, and eat simply because they cannot get enough. The person often feels regret after overeating, yet they lose control and eat more.
Other types of problems come from addictions, including obsessive-compulsive disorders, which mean the person is obsessed with food to fulfill a need, and compulsive to eat to relieve an area of trouble. With eating disorders in mind, and primary the two being bulimic and anorexic, the variants extend to, including bingers, grazers, etc.
Writing from experience I can tell you that bulimic and anorexia combined is a risky combo, yet when symptoms arise from one or the other the symptoms are just as dramatic. While suffering bulimic one week I experienced eating obsessively, and every minute it seemed my tummy was on empty and I needed more food. When experiencing anorexia I could not eat, sometimes as long as three days. The need for food was just not there. While I had a disorder that brought on the symptoms, I am only thankful it lasted for a short time in the spurts it would occur. Still, my addiction was not extreme; rather I did not put my fingers in my mouth while suffering anorexia to throw up.
I helped a young woman deal with her eating disorders at one time. While she developed the disorder and/or addiction, i.e. the addiction was not hereditary. The woman would often vomit after putting her fingers in her mouth. She had an inability to control her eating habits, yet when she ate, she would often feel guilt and use harmful tactics to resolve the issue. This action will tear up the stomach muscles, which in turn can lead to death, i.e. the digestive system is affected immediately and successively. The girl managed to drop more than 100 pounds, still she looked lifeless, and her problems continued, i.e. she had to continue the process of vomiting to control her inability to stop eating.
Causes Of Addiction
Some people suffering eating disorders feel they are overweight. At times, the person is misconceived, i.e. the person is at a level weight. The person will resort to eating addictions to lose weight, or else the person might overeat because of impulse.
Impulse is an inspiration, or motivation that forces our body forward, communicating behaviors. Impulses if not controlled will cause a person to act on sudden spontaneous thought or inclinations, inciting to unpremeditated action. When the impulses are imbalanced, a person often falls into the hands of addiction. Impulse then becomes a compulsive reaction, which can lead to obsession or compulsive-obsessive disorders. This is the problem with most persons addicted to any drug, alcohol, nicotine, eating, gambling, etc.
Still, the impulse problem is not the only problem leading these people to addictions. A person that engages in wrongful thoughts, or participates in wrongful actions, activities, etc is often vulnerable to addictions.
What are Bulimics and Anorexia?
Bulimics then is an abnormal and ongoing craving for foods. This is a serious eating disorder, which often targets females. The addiction is characterized by overeating compulsively, which is usually following self-induced vomiting, through finger input or laxative, or diuretic abuse. The person often feels guilt and depression after enduring a bulimic attack.
Anorexia is the loss of appetite, more specifically a prolonged void of food. Anorexia falls under the anorexia nervosa title, since it is a serious disorder, which includes eating behaviors. The addiction targets woman and young adults, and is often characterized by pathological feelings or fears of gaining weight. This fear leads to defective eating patterns, malnutrition, and extreme weight loss.
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