“I don’t want to eat became fat if I take my meal” that was the mental script of 9 years old girl in my family when I ask some probing questions why you skipping your meals she confidently reply if I became fat girls in my class calls my name as they call others Moto, Ball, Elephant etc.
Now a days the slimness phobia is really common in our society media play a very important role in depicting the zero size picture and importance of skinny structure to became beautiful. People want to maintain their weight to have ideal looks but they are ignoring their health to achieve their perceived ideal weight people are keen to search different diet plans, fat burners and remedies online to reduce weight by practicing this many individuals adopt serious health issues like kidney failure, lever problems and stomach ulcers.
Eating disorder is a psychological condition in which individual have disturbed relationship with food, DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) provide the three categories of eating disorder such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and Bing eating. In Anorexia individual refuse to eat and drastically loss weight, Bulimic patients are involved in eating in short time intervals and use unhealthy means to avoid gaining weight as using laxatives, self induced vomiting and compulsive exercise. In binge eating individual take a large amount of food in very short time intervals and it not involved any compensatory activities. The most important thing to notice is that why an individual have unhealthy relation with food the possible reasons to having eating disorder are psychological, social, and biological. While we are talking about the psychological reasons of eating disorders the most important is level of stress an individual is facing in stress a hormone named Cortisol which take all the insulin to muscles and gave message to brain hungry by this cycle individual became involved in emotional eating and gain weight. Our life is full of stress the important thing to learn is that how to react toward stressful situations. There are so many coping strategies one can learn to beat the stress.
Eating disorder is very common among the young generation as society defines very narrow criteria of beauty and if they are chubby or overweight they have to face bulling at school and college. Eating disorders affect the self image and self esteem of individuals they became socially isolated and remain busy in planning about how to lose weight. To avoid negative comments from family, friends and society consequently, in order to improve their body and self image, individuals resort to strict dieting. Eating disorders thus arise, where an individual tries to cut down on food to fill the perception gap or feed their feelings by consuming a lot of food.
Lack of knowledge about eating disorder is a dilemma and that makes it worst as people don’t want to talk about their issues specially related with body shape and body image. In Pakistan only few professionals are dealing with eating disorders Rainbow Obesity and Eating Disorder Centre Lahore is the first eating disorder centre in Pakistan providing the assessment, diagnostic, and treatment services for eating disorders.