Eating disorders are commonly thought to be a combination of social, genetic and psychological circumstances that distort body image and cause an uncontrollable relationship between an individual and food. Due to lack of federal funding, precious little is known about the realm of eating disorders and effective treatments. Treatment facilities are typically very expensive and not covered by insurance due to lack of scientific data confirming success. As more research is conducted and experts disagree on causes and treatments, those who suffer from anorexia or bulimia nervosa, compulsive or binge eating and other related disorders are too often left alone to seek relief.
Overall, eating disorders cause more annual deaths than any other mental illnesses. One of the most common forms of eating disorders is bulimia nervosa (also referred to as binge and purge, though that is not exactly an accurate description). As opposed to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa sufferers do not consistently restrict their bodies to food. Instead, the individual may eat a regular meal, sometimes even eating to excess, then look for ways to quickly rid their bodies of the food just ingested. This can be through self-induced vomiting, misuse and overdose of laxatives, castor oils and other elements commonly known to help rid the body of excess waste. Sadly, individuals go to horrific lengths to rid their bodies of unwanted food before it becomes fat.
Along with damaging internal organs, the anus, intestines, esophagus and teeth are often irreparably harmed by the process of prematurely eliminating food as total waste. The human body was perfectly designed to absorb, digest and eliminate waste on its own, and tampering with the process can have devastating effects. Men and women alike have experienced heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, hair loss, poor vision, excessively dry or oily skin and infertility as a result of their eating disorder.
Some treatment methods have proven effective in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. In addition to therapy that includes meditation on a healthy body image, the use of Prozac is often introduced. Although Prozac is an anti-depressant, commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, it has also been used for several years as an aid in weight loss. When combined with an appetite suppressant and/or metabolism accelerator, Prozac has helped countless individuals lose weight in a healthy and safe manner. The theory behind using an anti-depressant as an aid in eating disorder treatment is that these individuals are bearing many other grievances that are manifesting themselves through an unhealthy relationship with themselves.
Taking Prozac typically makes them feel somewhat better about life in general, and therefore they begin to rethink their own (body) image. When this happens, sufferers are more willing