What are the long term effects of eating disorders

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What are the long term effects of eating disorders

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Eating disorders are a life long struggle related to mental health. People who suffer from this problem not only suffer physical consequences but also mental. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness. They affect both men and women. Eating disorder basically means having or sharing a negative relationship with food. It can be about overeating, binge eating, self-starvation or disordered eating routine. Eating disorders have a long term effect on the mental state of the person. Even after recovering from the disorder the victims still find it difficult to accept and love their body as it is. These disorders leave the person with a fragile physical health condition that makes them internally weak and prone to various health issues. (Also read: How to prepare yourself before talking to the therapist)

Lack of confidence
Victims of the eating disorder have serious issues with their appearance and self-esteem. They keep trying to achieve their ideal body type. However, in some cases, they try to use food as a way to feel better. All these things lead to lack of confidence.

Weak heart condition
Eating disorders completely spoil the health of your heart. It makes for the heart muscles weak and fragile. Especially in case of bulimia, frequent vomiting makes the heart beat abnormal and destroys the rhythm of the heart. (Also read: What is bulimia and know about its signs)

Menstrual irregularity
This problem is very common with women who are dealing with after effects of the eating disorder. The lack of a normal eating routine leads to various menstrual cycle problems. It makes the periods irregular and painful. Both overeating and starvation cause trouble in maintaining a regular and healthy menstrual cycle.

Brain’s health
When a person is dealing with anorexia, it affects the grey cells of the brain. The brain takes the most time to recover from the prolonged starvation and even though the white matter returns to its normal state. However, the grey cells fail to do so. (Also read: What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its signs)

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