Eating disorders are plaguing the newer generations

Do you know that “Eating disorders” are a common problem that is adversely affecting younger generations around the world?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide 70 million people have an eating disorder. Lifetime prevalence statistics suggest that about 0.4% of women and 0.04% of men will meet the criteria for anorexia during their lifetimes. Between 1% and 5% of women will meet the criteria for bulimia during their lifetimes (as will between .01% and .05% of men).

The prevalence rate for binge eating disorder is 1.6% in females and 0.8% in males. The binge-eating disorder shows much less of a difference between females and males, compared to the other two conditions.

Eating disorders have become very common in today’s world. The eating habit of a person has distorted into two different extremes in which most of them have reduced the intake of food to achieve an ideal body type in a socially desirable way.

These standards are categorised by social media influencers which cause young teenagers to loathe their own body, these young children and teens will go from eating very little to not eating at all, which results in teens lacking nutritious intake.

while on the flip side there are so many young teens and children who consume too much food due to the variety of junk and different cuisines offered by fast-food restaurants today, this would lead to weight gaining and often obesity. If this persists over time the health of a person will keep degrading. some of the most fatal and known eating disorders are;

Anorexia Nervosa

This is the most known eating disorder. It typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood which rarely begin before the age of puberty or after age. People with anorexia generally view themselves as overweight, even if they’re dangerously underweight. The start of an eating disorder is often associated with a stressful life event. This might stem from exposure to violence, family conflicts, stress at school, or loss.

Bulimia Nervosa

Just like Anorexia, Bulimia is another well-known life-threatening disorder, which tends to develop during adolescence or early adulthood and appears to be less common among men than woman. People with bulimia secretly binge eat a large amount of food with a loss of control over eating and then trying to get rid of the calories in an unhealthy way, such as fasting, strict dieting or excessive exercise.

Constantly worrying or complaining about being fat, having a distorted, excessively negative body image can affect the mental health of a person which would result in depression and other severe diseases.


Pica is an entirely new condition, which was recognized recently by the DSM. Individuals with pica crave non-food substances such as ice, erasers, dirt, soil, chalk, soap, laundry detergent or corn starch. This disorder is most frequently observed in children, pregnant woman and mental disabilities. Individuals with pica may be at an increased risk of poisoning, gut injuries and nutrition deficiencies.

Rumination disorder

This is another newly recognized eating disorder, it describes a condition in which a person regurgitates food they have swallowed and chewed before and either re-swallows it or spits out. this disorder can develop during infancy, childhood or adulthood. In infants, it tends to develop between 3 and 12 months and disappears on its own. the disorder can result in severe weight loss or severe malnutrition that can be fatal.

Experts believe that approximately 75%-80% suffer from these disorders for one to fifteen years. Between 6% and 20% of people with an eating disorder will die as a result of their disease. Some men and women, especially those who do not seek treatment, suffer for their entire lives.

However, there is hope! To get rid of these eating disorders, there are a few ways and habits to be practised to recover;

  • Love and accept yourself for who you are, instead of comparing yourself to those social influencers who have the ideal body which is artificially done through plastic surgeries. moreover, do not quit meals and treat your body harshly by practising a strict diet plan so that you could stay strong and healthy.

  • Get rid of obesity by practising a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity instead of filling your tummy with junk from these fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, burger king, etc. So that the new generation will not be lethargic and strive to be fit mentally and physically.

  • Medical treatment for eating disorders might involve a primary care physician, a trained dietician, and other specialists as necessary. The goal of medical treatment is to care for the body, including reaching a healthy weight and stabilizing any body systems that may have been impacted by the eating disorder.

Some medications can be prescribed. Medications for binge eating disorders include certain stimulants and anti-seizure drugs that have been found to reduce bingeing behaviour. Doctors can also prescribe antidepressants, which can help people to moderate their problematic behaviours.

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