Dangers of Eating Disorders Among Students - Page 2
This highlights the fact that young people suffering from eating disorders often have underlying mental issues such as depression, low self-esteem and anxious feelings, which also need to be treated. It also shows the strain that people put their bodies under when they have an eating disorder. Other consequences include hair falling out, thinning of the bones and muscle, rotten teeth that may fall out and for women their periods stop.
Dizziness, constipation, trouble sleeping, anemia, heart problems and suicidal thoughts are also consequences of eating disorders. It's not all doom and gloom. While suffering from an eating disorder is dangerous, many students have used their experience of anorexia or bulimia to help others once they have recovered themselves.
One example is American student Katie Ringley who once suffered from anorexia as she tried to achieve the 'ideal' cheerleader body. After being diagnosed with an eating disorder, she got professional help and has now been in recovery for two years. She has now coordinated an eating disorder awareness walk through a national charity, that will take place in April 2013. The pharmacy student also hopes to raise money for the cause. Ms Ringley also shared her story with fellow students earlier this year and they thanked her for her openness. The Gaston Gazette quoted her as saying: "It's an everyday struggle. I had to relearn how to eat."
Ringley has learned how to deal with her eating disorder, and how to follow a healthy lifestyle, showing everyone that there is hope for any student suffering from an eating disorder provided they pick up on the signs. The research from the University of Cincinnati also revealed that women are more likely than men to see signs of an eating disorder. If you see any signs of an eating disorder in a loved one, encourage them to seek medical advice, as doctors often can then refer them to a treatment clinic.