Eating disorders, which can manifest in both insufficient and excessive food intake, are experienced by nearly 5 percent of people worldwide. Research shows that more than 90 percent of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 15-25. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating are the three common eating disorders.
Anorexia is characterized by an exaggerated fear of becoming overweight. An anorexic person, who is at an average body weight for their height, feels compelled to become thinner in order feel normal. They are intensely driven by weight goals, which is manifested in food refusal. It is not only about the body image but also about control. Statistics show anorexia often plagues people who have history of circumstances being out of control. Interestingly, this condition reveals wonderful strengths when it is properly directed. To be able to set a goal, and stay on task to achieve that goal, shows great determination and leadership potential. But until these qualities are rewired in spiritually and emotionally healthy directions, these positive character traits will cause negative mental and physical breakdown.
Bulimia can be characterized by an exaggerated fear of becoming overweight. It differs from Anorexia in that the sufferer lacks self control. The Anorexic takes total control, while the Bulimic loses control and then tries to regain it by vomiting–this is the binging and purging cycle. Statistics show that people who struggle with bulimia have a history of stress and addictive behavioral patterns. Another heartache is the issue of the duplicity it takes on. The bulimic displays themself as healthy to the watching world–yet secretly resorts to an unhealthy habit. Bulimics need help in cultivating life balance.
The anorexic and the bulimic generally come from similar backgrounds. They differentiate in that one takes extreme control and the other finds themself out of control. Anorexia and Bulimia, although seemingly about appearance, are really about the need for deeper transformation of the mind and emotions.
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