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EATING DISORDERS - BULIMIA / ANOREXIA
DRUNKOREXIA / ORTHOREXIA

Eating disorders are gaining an increasing amount of attention in UAE and, as with the rest of the world, presenting themselves in an ever-evolving variety of incarnations. According to a recent study conducted by university students in the UAE, three quarters of young Emiratis have body issues, and one in five is in need of clinical intervention. It isn’t the first indication that eating disorders are on the rise here: an earlier study conducted at the end of 2012 noted the increase in negative body image among students, blaming the influence of westernisation.

Eating disorders can be caused by a combination of factors, whether biological, psychological or environmental, leaving sufferers feeling unable to cope. Developing and managing a disorder is often viewed as the only way to stay in control of their lives. It is usual to have clients display symptoms that are clearly indicative of an eating disorder, but don’t fit under any of those medical diagnoses: mental disorders, and anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. These are usually termed EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) and include  OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders) relating to food and eating, an example of which might be seen in a person who only eats foods of a certain colour, or in clients with anxiety, depression or low self-esteem who experience emotional eating behaviours: eating when they feel sad or anxious as a way to comfort themselves.

Drunkorexia needs little explanation, and is a term used to describe a combination of restrictive eating and binge drinking, which carries serious health and safety risks.

Orhtorexia is used to describe an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating, or only eating pure foods.

Bulimics are more difficult to diagnose than anorexics because they do not have the extreme weight loss and are not emaciated. There is no always a weight change that is noticeable and people can suffer for many years without getting help. Motivated by a fear of weight gain, a growing number of people are resorting to bulimic behaviour to keep their weight in check. The vicious cycle of bingeing and purging or vomiting, alongside negative thinking, can become very difficult to break away from, without professional help. For some, it can lie dormant for many years, resurfacing years later when a trauma - a divorce, a separation or a death - occurs, or at times of despair, stress, loneliness, frustration or depression. Frequently, feeling stressed or anxious triggers the binge, which is then followed by feelings of guilt, self-blame or inward directed anger.

If any of this sounds familiar, whether you have picked up on worrying behaviour in a friend, or have found a few things strike a chord closer to home, it is important that as well as physical health support through a GP, mental health support is sought via a qualified therapist. Reach out and get the necessary help.

 

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