Consider the time you told yourself you are fat. The basis of that came from having A little weight higher than someone you know. Diet then came at the top of your mine. The beginning of involving yourself in a diet was also the start of you taking extreme measures to lose more weight.
You started by cutting your intake of calorie by a small amount of say about a thousand per day. Then you also began a forceful program of exercise of let’s say, running. You began making limitations on yourself like not eating unless you have finished running of about 10 miles. After finishing the miles you set, you began eating but only about a handful of cereals and a few vegetables. Sometimes, you only eat when you are really hungry that you are about to faint.
Psychologist David Garner and his colleagues developed the Eating Disorder Inventory. Eating Disorder Inventory helps in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of people towards eating and their bodies. There are 12 items in the Eating Disorder Inventory. These twelve sentences are:
I think my stomach is too big.
I eat when I am upset.
I stuff myself with food.
I think about dieting.
I think that my thighs are too large.
I feel ineffective as a person.
I feel extremely guilty after overeating.
I am terrified of gaining weight.
I get confused as to whether or not I am hungry.
If I gain a pound, I worry that I will keep gaining.
I have the thought of trying to vomit in order to lose weight.
I eat or drink in secrecy.
If you happen to say yes to most of the items, you have to reconsider your attitudes towards your body and food. It might be helpful to have someone to talk to about it. Answering too many “always” to the sentences provided is likely for an individual to develop an eating disorder.
The use of medications is one of the most potent ways to treat an individual who has eating disorders. Tricyclic antidepressants are great in reducing binging and vomiting in enhancing a sense of management among people. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAO inhibitors is also effective as an eating disorder treatment although they are not typically prescribed owing to the reason that they need dietary restrictions that are so severe to block side effects. Fluoxetine also known as Prozac is a medication that attests to be very effective. There is just a negative side in taking Prozac. They prove to be addictive.
There was a woman who went into drug rehab after taking such medications to recover from her problems brought about by her eating disorder. According to her, she first started having problems with her body caused by her eating disorder such as her menstruation came into a halt; she gets chronically tired, has troubles sleeping, and faints occasionally. This alarmed her parents and made her see a specialist for her to recover. The specialist prescribed her fluoxetine.
She went on to tell, “The recommended Prozac was very effective on the eating disorder that I had but I started craving the drug. I wanted the effects to last. I started getting addicted to it. Despite recovering from my eating disorder, I am still taking the drug. There are even times I lie that I have not yet recovered just to have Prozac. Right now, I have been out of drug rehab and I am thankful for it. We should always be careful because one thing can really lead to another.”
When you have an eating disorder, you are most likely to be prescribed with medications that can be addictive and might send you to a drug rehab.