Or when your daughter who’s never been 5Lb overweight, or 5LB underweight rushes in from a night out and frantically searches the kitchen for peanut butter and crackers (which her brother just finished) and literally goes crazy for something sweet to eat. And the next day runs miles in order to keep her weight in check. Did you stop and wonder, is there a problem her? Or is this just an adolescent funny thing, and all adolescent go through this phase?
Deep Inside You Know This Is About Body Image Not Food
When your husband spends more time in the gym than he spends at home or with you, claiming it helps him discharge after a long day at the office, and that he is in fear of being a chubby kid again. You know that he can swing both sides of the pendulum, from being overweight to anorexic for the obsession with workouts and food is live and present in your lives and that’s all he talks about.
And because our society is so engrossed with positive body image and youth, we will go to any lengths to capture that beautiful young look we think we must have for the upcoming summer.
What Is a Food Disorder
Food addiction involves and defined as the Compulsion to alter the mood by repeated episodes of binge eating despite unfavorable results. The compulsion component is always present is always present in the disease of addiction and food addict very much like alcoholics eat compulsively.
Where Does It Come From
We must note again like other addictions, that food addicts are not people who retained bad habits from childhood, or that they are weak-willed. They have the same chemical imbalance that all addicts have, they are consumed by the thoughts about food and where they are going to get the next meal or they plan the next binge. Food addiction is chronic condition, progressive and fatal, remember Karen Carpenter?
Those With Food Disorders Have Classic Addiction Symptoms
Inaccurate Body image
People see themselves as too fat even when they are starving. The disease manifest itself differently for various people. Some are what the professional refers to as bulimia nervosa, which is a rapid binge and purge. Others yet, eat in secret and isolate while eating. Purging, fasting, and then exercising is another form of self-flagellation, when the addict feels that his or her body is overweight.
What To Do
When a family member recognizes the above behavior of a love one as being food disorder, all methods of intervention needs to occur, for the disease is mental, physical and spiritual. A mental health counselor who specialize in eating disorder could be the first step. Because we don’t live in a vacuum and the behavior of one family member affect the whole family dynamic, a whole family needs to be involved in taking steps towards recovery of that one addicted family member.