Research indicates that identifying eating disorders and having them treated early enough contributes to a reduction of symptoms, leads to a speedy recovery and generally improves one’s likelihood of staying illness free. For example, people with binge eating disorders when given family-based treatment within the first years of the illness onset, they have a higher likelihood of recovering.
However, due to the numerous misconceptions people have about eating disorders, most disorders develop till later stages, something that could have been prevented and treated earlier.
What causes eating disorders?
Unfortunately, no research has found a single cause for eating disorders. Nonetheless, these disorders can be caused by various factors which when combined lead to this illness. Some of these factors include:
Psychological issues such as Anxiety, depression and low self-esteem may contribute to an eating disorder. People with a parent or a sibling who’s suffered from eating disorders are also likely to suffer from the same condition. High family expectations, family discord and history of sexual abuse may trigger these disorders.
Today’s pop and culture that equates beauty and success to thinness also lead to increased cases of eating disorders.
Treatment of eating disorders
Eating disorders are classified as unique among the various mental health disorders. These disorders manifest in various physical health complications. If left untreated, patients could experience organ failure, cancer and even diabetes. Research lists eating disorders as an illness with the highest premature mortality rate.
Eating disorders are treated with a combination of therapy, medical treatment for eating disorders like anorexia and nutritional education. Unfortunately, only one person in ten receives treatment for an eating disorder. Early diagnosis significantly increases your chance of fully recovering.
Early screening when one is an adolescent or young adult is essential for early intervention. It’s thus important for parents, fitness coaches, teachers, healthcare workers and government departments to create awareness on eating disorders to ensure that patients seek immediate medical attention for them to make a full recovery.