Eating Disorder is part of Mental Health

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Fiona Chia

Let’s not forget about Eating Disorders this World Mental Health Day!

Many have overlooked that eating disorder is a type of mental health issue as well. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Moving towards a positive mental health, let’s debunk some myths about eating disorders today!

1. Eating disorder is a lifestyle choice – someone can choose to stop having it
Eating disorders (ED) are serious mental and physical illnesses. Going through the recovery process, he/she requires a great deal of hard work (not just deciding to stop acting on the symptoms). In many cases, ED has become one’s primary way to cope way intense emotions and stressful events in life. The act of recovery involves appropriate support and treatment; nutritional rehabilitation as well as learning and be motivated to practice eating right and healthier ways to manage stress.

2. Purging is a fast and effective way to lose weight
In order to lose or maintain their current weight status, it has been a belief for bulimics that they NEED to purge. However, little do they know – purging does not help in losing weight but on the contrary, it increases the urge to binge eat! Purging causes the body basic survival mechanism to kick in, which lowers our basic metabolic rate. This causes one to start binging on food and storing any food to keep hold as fats. Studies have shown that most bulimics reach their highest ever body weight due to their ED.

3. You can tell if someone has ED simply by just looking at them
Individuals with ED comes in all shapes and sizes. One can be at normal or overweight range, and still be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa if he/she has a drastic weight loss. Similarly, being overweight or obese does not mean that one has binge ED. The bottom line is, ED can happen anywhere along the BMI scale.

Checklist for Signs & Symptoms of ED: