Eating Disorders

There is nothing wrong with wanting your body to be slim and attractive. However, if a person is at their normal body weight and still tries to reduce their weight, they may be suffering from an eating disorder. Anorexia is a common type of eating disorder within certain social groups, especially middle to upper class and adolescent white women. People suffering from this illness minimize their diet intake, leading to serious medical problems.

Those who cannot control their weight by minimizing their diet, take medications such as laxatives and agents to induce vomiting in order to reduce their weight. This disorder is called Bulimia.

Complications may occur such as weakened bones, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate or dehydration. These eating disorders can also be fatal. In fact, excessive fear of being fat can signal an emotional illness that often results in serious health problems.

The good news is that professional help and support can assist in curing these problems if family or friends recognize that a problem exists. Contact can be made through various help lines. Trained persons can help patients to correct their problem or aid them in finding resource people who can. With professional help, a person can realize that eating correctly and leading a healthy lifestyle will help them maintain their optimum weight. If you or someone you know may be suffering from an eating disorder, please urge them to seek help from a professional. Contact your pharmacist for more information on the signs of eating disorders and where to seek professional assistance.