Eating Disorder Week

by Medindia Content Team on  February 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Eating Disorder Week
An Awareness Week is being observed from Feb.3 to Feb 9   to educate the public with regard to eating disorder. 

Body Consciousness is universal phenomenon. Celebrities, fashion designers and commoners are equally interested in weight watch.

Mirror, a website dedicated to this issue, talks about teenagers being prone to this illness more than anybody else.

Eating Disorders affects not only girls but it has an impact on older women and men too. Adolescent girls, who suffer from this problem, need support groups and education towards right eating habits and weight management, to help them overcome this disease.

Why this malady occurs is not yet understood fully.  More study and research is required in this field.

Hope's Garden  is an organization, established in2002,byEating Disorders Association of London Inc., for all those affected by eating disorder.

There are support groups that provide free services and information through educational workshops, drop-in help, informative website and lending library.

Members of the Eating Disorders Coalition is planning to host 3 separate events in recognition of Eating Disorder Week on Feb.7 at Riuniti Hall. The group plans to provide current information about the disorder, evidence -based treatment and services.

Vue- Weekly reports that the age of onset of this disease, has dropped from teenage to pre-teen years. This age group is psychologically ill- equipped to deal with the societal pressure that demands them to be 'thin'.

Psychotherapy, antidepressants and/ or alternate therapies can help the young and old to overcome this problem. But sustained practice is a must and that hardly happens, as people tend to give it up half way through .The relapse may be more difficult to cure.

Some of the eating disorders promote obesity which in turn calls for stringent dieting. Extreme forms of dieting is bound to affect an individual's  nutrient level.

The research in this field raises questions of leptin and ghrelin levels that regulate appetite. Zinc, B12 and Omega-3)are key nutrients for healthy nerve myelin and serotonin transmission. Deficiency of these nutrients are common among vegetarians and dieters and candy-bar eaters.

Source: Medindia

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