When Dieting Gets Out of Control
Most diet programs are relatively safe. But there are instances where a diet program becomes detrimental to the health of an individual when their dieting becomes out of control.
Some are so extreme that they begin to result in eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. These disorders aren’t caused by the diet programs themselves, but rather by the emotional state of the individual who’s using that particular diet program at the time of their loss of control.
Those who have emotional issues with food should work on sorting through their feelings and issues – not just restricting calories to lose weight. When these cautions aren’t heeded and the emotional person starts to get out of control on his or her diet, one disorder you could see evolve is the anorexia nervosa.
This is where the person sees herself as fat and will restrict her diet to the point of starvation. They will always see themselves as fat even though they may have dropped more weight than is considered healthy.
Their minds become delusional because of the disorder and they look at their skin and bone structured body and still see fat even though none is actually there. The behavior can result in death if no action is taken to get the person some help for their emotional issues.
Some people go a different route than the anorexia one. They’ll suffer from bulimia. This is where the person goes on major eating binges and then almost immediately will purge themselves of the food by forcing themselves to vomit.
They see this as a way of eating the food to feel good at one moment in time and then get rid of it before the food has a chance to make them fat. This disorder can also be dangerous to the person because the constant purging can ultimately damage their esophagus and cause organ failure, not to mention the deterioration of their teeth.
Another disorder that could be seen in those who let their diet get out of control is binge eating. This is where the person will consumer large quantities of food in one sitting, but they won’t purge like a bulimic person.
Make sure you’re ready physically and emotionally before starting any diet program. It can help you avoid getting caught up in the mental side effects dieting sometimes causes and will assist you in achieving your weight loss goals for the long term.