We have all heard the term “eating disorder” and, for most, evokes visions of young women underweight and malnourished (“anorexic”). And while this may be partially true, there are many different types of eating disorders that can affect men, women, and children of all ages and who do not always have a low, dangerous weight.
You may have a Eating Disorder (TCA) ) at any weight. Many people with an eating disorder look healthy despite being seriously ill.
So, what is an ACT? . It is a biologically influenced mental illness, which includes extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors related to weight and eating problems. They can have serious emotional and physical consequences. In fact, those who suffer from eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder.
Eating Disorders are not of choice; they are complex diseases, they emerge from the combination of behaviors present for a long time, causing physical, emotional and psychological deterioration.They are severely biologically influenced mental illnesses. A person with a Eating Disorder can look healthy and lead a seemingly functional life, despite being extremely ill.The common denominator of most eating disorders is that they start with dysfunctional diet behaviors towards weight and figure, product of the strong body dissatisfaction that prevails in our society. In Mexico, 68% of girls before starting adolescence, 74% of adolescents and 69% of adolescent males are dissatisfied with their bodies and more than half in each age group has already started a diet to lose weight .
A state of severe malnutrition, acute or chronic, can be associated with severe medical complications that affect every organ, every cell and every system of the body. Precipitated loss / gain / weight fluctuations Absence of weight gain / stature expected for developing child or adolescent Cold intolerance / Weakness / Fatigue / Dizziness / Fainting / Episodes of sweating Chest pain / heart palpitations / arrhythmias / difficulty breathing / swelling Oral trauma / lacerations / dental erosions / caries / enlarged parotid or any salivary gland Epigastric discomfort / immediate satiety / colitis / delayed gastric emptying / gastroesophageal reflux / bloody vomiting / hemorrhoids / constipation Lack of or menstrual irregularities / Loss of libido Low bone mineral density with increased risk of fracture / osteoporosis
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