"Quiet Killers" (Blog #78)

Good personal trainers, strength coaches and nutritionists try to instill good, healthy, long-term habits for their clientele. We want fad diets and quick fixes off of our radar when it comes to long term success. Todays blog will discuss Bulimia and Anorexia, a couple of words that a lot of us don't like to talk about because these topics can be scary.

Lets breakdown the difference between the two disorders:

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by binging on food and then engaging in some form of purging. After eating large amounts of food (uncontrollably), they tend to have extreme guilt and then purge to relive the guilt they feel. On smaller levels of bulimia, people will over eat and then "over exercise" to burn away what they just consumed. This type of exercise usually is very extreme and unsafe leading to injuries. People with bulimia are usually of normal weight...

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by self imposed starvation. People with anorexia usually eat a very small amount of food and combined that with excessive aerobic exercise that is extremely regimented (same time of day, same exact method, same distance/speed, etc). Anorexia is thought to be a control issue, many people excessively do cardio and eat very little because they see themselves as over weight or obese; other aspects of their lives may seem out of control to them so they use the "excessive cardio" to gain some type of control in their lives. People with anorexia are usually noticeably thin...

These disorders no doubtably are mental which come out in a physical manner and should be treated by a doctor. Years of these behaviors lead to unhealthy humans and in extreme cases, death.

Another issue that has been sweeping the country is Compulsive Overeating. This is where a person will binge on heavy amounts of food (usually in private) so that it appears that they don't overeat. These people are usually significantly overweight. Stress causes a lot of their self-sabotaging behavior...

Eating disorders are dominantly seen in women but recently we've been seeing them more and more with men. Teaching our kids at a young age healthy eating habits and exercise habits is crucial in lowering the number of people with these disorders. The problem with having an eating disorder is that we need food everyday to survive, it's like telling an alcoholic to just have a little alcohol everyday.

The good news is that there is plenty of help for people who need it out there. Simply telling your doctor of a potential problem will be the door way to help. If you or someone you know may be dealing with any of theses issues please just tell someone and get help.

It's important that we all have a healthy relationship with food and exercise. Eating or Exercising out of guilt or pain is never a good reason and will lead to nothing but trouble.

Love yourself and just remember that we are all the lucky ones who get the chance at life on such a beautiful Planet / Make the best of it and appreciate everyday...

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