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Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia

Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia: Eating disorder is a very serious ailment which is often not granted the seriousness that it demands. It is generally characterized by excessive and persistently disturbed habits related to eating.

Signs & Symptoms

Australians spending thousands on treatment for eating disorders has become a commonplace occurrence. The key to an easy treatment is the early recognition and diagnosis. For this purpose, the following signs should be kept in mind:

  1. Psychological Signs
  • The individual displaying anxiety around food or meal times
  • Being extremely conscious of the body appearance and along with displaying extreme concern about weight as well as food intake
  • Conveying a general sense of dissatisfaction with their body
  • An irritable behavior as well as being withdrawn from friends and family
  • A visible loss of control over food. One example could be eating uncontrollably or consuming large portions.
Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia
Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia
  1. Behavioral Signs

There are also several behavioral aspects relating to eating disorders, such as:

  • Exercising excessively, eating too much, or alternatively dieting too much
  • Attempting to lose weight through unnatural means such as use of laxatives, or trying to be bulimic
  • Trying to avoid a social setting where food might be present
  • Wanting to eat alone
  • Being obsessed with one’s weight, a tell-tale sign would be either weighing themselves repeatedly or talking about their weight too much
  • Being secretive about food, hiding it or wanting to eat alone.
  1. Physical Signs

The physical aspects of eating disorders should also be kept in mind in order to recognize them:

  • An individual being lethargic over a period of time. Occasionally everyone is prone to being lazy but if the behavior persists over a period of time, it is a definite cause of concern.
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate
  • Fluctuating weight, rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss
Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia
Understanding The Rising Eating Disorders In Australia

The reason for Australians spending thousands on treatment for eating disorders is due to the widespread diseases. They are a serious, potentially life-threatening illness and can have major physical and emotional effects. The beginning of teen years and puberty is a particularly vulnerable time period for the onset of such diseases.

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