Combating an eating disorder during the pandemic

In this era where technology and lifestyle is rapidly changing and it keeps human-occupied with it. People need to stay updated and upgrade themselves to go hand in hand with the fast-changing world, as it influences all aspects of life, it also affects what we eat. Most people forget to take their meals at the proper times or tend to skip or reduce the appetite to maintain the ongoing trend. In the whole process, they unconsciously develop an eating disorder.

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So, what is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are mental health conditions or psychological conditions that mark an obsession with food, body weight, and body shape. There are three major types of eating disorder:

  1. Binge eating where the person tends to consume a large portion of food frequently without doing any workout. It leads to obesity, hypertension high cholesterol, and diabetes

2. Anorexia Nervosa where the person restricts oneself to a low intake of food and is followed by concern about body weight after being underweight. It leads to distorted body image, lethargy, anemia, amenorrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

3. Bulimia Nervosa is binge eating followed by purging like vomiting, taking pills for loose motion, or finding other ways to get the food out of the system. It leads to mental disturbance and low self-esteem due to body weight.

From the past few months, the lockdown has affected everyone’s life in one way or the other; and one of the most common problems during this lockdown is to maintain a proper diet with keeping in mind about physical health. People with available resources may tend to undergo Binge eating and Bulimia Nervosa. On the other hand, the person with very limited resources, or someone lazy, workaholic, or those who wanna lose more weight may undergo Anorexia Nervosa.

“You are what you eat” is a well-known proverb and is a fact! We tend to be like what we eat be it mentally or physically. A person may undergo depression due to obesity and resulting in rigorous work out with putting oneself in isolation. May lead to loss of sense of hunger. Mood swing is one of the prominent characters seen. Unable to concentrate and focus on the assignment or task in hand becomes another problem, irritability, etc may affect the decision-making capacity.

There are psychological reasons as to why an individual may end up with an eating disorder. It might be due to various mental and physical conditions. Stress eating is another common problem, and the pandemic makes it furthermore difficult to handle the stress. Many are either living alone or with their family, with no proper supervision it is difficult to handle an eating disorder and the lockdown makes it difficult to either let go or let in. Combating an eating disorder may be difficult but proper diagnosis, medication ad diet can help. Reaching out is the first step to all.

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