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Warning Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders Eating disorders are a very serious and sometimes fatal illness. According to a 2002 survey, 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15–24 years have had an eating disorder. The chance of recovery is increased the earlier an eating disorder is detected so it’s essential to get the help you need, or help your loved one get the help they need to back on the track to wellness. Sometimes eating disorders are perceived as lifestyle choices rather than serious mental illness, it’s important to dispel yourself of this belief as it can lead to...
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When Healthy Eating Turns Into Obsession: Orthorexia

When Healthy Eating Turns Into Obsession: Orthorexia

A healthy diet and adequate nutrition are central tenets of living a healthy lifestyle. As many of us know, there are a dizzying array of diets, cleanses, supplements, and often conflicting notions of what “good” and “bad” foods are. It’s important to make sure that you get a balanced diet that’s right for your body and lifestyle, but given the cultural emphasis of eating “right” some people are susceptible to becoming preoccupied with the foods they eat, and can develop an eating disorder named orthorexia. A term coined in 1998, Orthorexia nervosa is defined as an...
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Did You Know Anorexia Can Be A Chronic Condition?

Did You Know Anorexia Can Be A Chronic Condition?

Anorexia Nervosa is a particularly difficult mental illness to treat. People suffering from anorexia, specifically prolonged or chronic anorexia, have the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness and often have a markedly reduced life expectancy. The onset of anorexia is typically from a young age with many adults dying in their 30s. Patients who continue to suffer from anorexia are often suffer multiple medical complications, and under or unemployed, and have repeated admissions to general and specialist medical facilities. The earlier someone with an eating...