Have you ever felt fat even if you have a normal weight just because your weight soars above your friends’ weight? Then you suddenly decided that you will involve yourself in a diet. The start of involving yourself in a diet was also the start of you taking extreme measures to lose more weight.
You started by cutting your intake of calorie by a small amount of say about a thousand per day. Purposeful inside programs started following. You choose running. You began making limitations on yourself like not eating unless you have finished running of about 10 miles. After achieving 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.
Psychologist David Garner and his colleagues developed the Eating Disorder Inventory. Eating Disorder Inventory helps in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of people towards eating and their bodies. Eating Disorder Inventory has 12 sentences. 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 take this assessment and answered “usually” or “always” to many of the items, you might want to reconsider your attitudes toward food and your body and you might like to talk to someone about them. Answering too many “always” to the sentences provided is likely for an individual to grow an eating disorder.
The use of medications is one of the most potent ways to treat an individual who has eating disorders. Tricyclic antidepressants are great in decreasing binging and vomiting in enhancing a sense of organization among people. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAO inhibitors is also helpful 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. One medication that proves to be most effective in treating eating disorder is fluoxetine also known as Prozac. 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.
The bridge between eating disorder and drug rehab is quite thin. Once you get into an eating disorder, drug rehab would likely to follow.