4 Eating Disorders that have gripped society Today!

Attaining the “zero image” is today’s goal, thanks to fashion stars and social media. This National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, let us first know the various disorders prevalent and how can we help those around us.

Johanitha Moraes
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In today's society, the pressure to attain unrealistic beauty standards and achieve the "perfect" body shape can take a toll on the mental and physical well-being of young women. Unfortunately, one of the consequences of this pressure is the prevalence of eating disorders, which can have devastating effects on an individual's health. 

Fueled by social media and a relentless pursuit of perfection, the pressure to attain a "zero size" figure has reached peaks, especially amongst today's generation. With influencers and celebrities flaunting flawless bodies on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, young women are bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards from every angle. The constant comparison and scrutiny of appearances can lead to a dangerous cycle of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviours.

In a society where likes and followers equate to validation and worth, many individuals feel compelled to strive for unattainable standards of thinness, sacrificing their physical and mental well-being in the process. Check out our Gytree programs like “Gut and Weight- Holistic program”, “8-week sustainable weight management” and many others for personalized guidance and touch as you navigate through these complex issues. 

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From February 26th to March 1st, we observe the National Eating Disorders Awareness WeekThis year’s theme, “Let’s Talk About It: Eating Disorders, Stigma, and Empowered Recovery,” focuses on comprehending the truths about eating disorders, dealing with common eating disorder stigma, and raising awareness about differences in diagnosis and treatment. Here are a few of the common disorders prevalent in society today. 

People with eating disorders either eat too little or too much. Extreme eating or dieting is not normal or healthy for the well-being of a woman. All these eating disorders are harmful for a woman especially if left untreated. 

Eating Disorders 

1. Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is perhaps one of the most well-known eating disorders. It is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. Individuals with anorexia often restrict their food intake severely, leading to significant weight loss, malnutrition, and physical health complications. Despite being underweight, they may perceive themselves as overweight and continue to engage in behaviours to restrict their food intake.

2. Bulimia Nervosa


Bulimia nervosa involves episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or the misuse of laxatives or diuretics to prevent weight gain. Like anorexia, individuals with bulimia often have a distorted body image and experience feelings of shame or guilt surrounding their eating habits. Bulimia can lead to electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal issues, and dental problems.

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3. Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of uncontrollable binge eating, during which individuals consume large amounts of food in a short period and feel a lack of control over their eating behaviour. Unlike bulimia, individuals with BED do not engage in compensatory behaviours to "undo" the binge eating episodes. BED is often associated with feelings of guilt, shame, and distress.

4. Orthorexia Nervosa:

Orthorexia nervosa is a relatively newer eating disorder characterized by an obsession with eating "pure" or "clean" foods and an extreme focus on diet and exercise. While the intention may be to pursue health and wellness, individuals with orthorexia become preoccupied with food quality and may restrict their diet to the point of malnutrition. This obsession can interfere with their daily routine and functioning.

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that can have serious consequences for an individual’s physical and emotional well-being. Young women and their loved ones must recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and seek support from healthcare professionals. Consult our Gytree experts if you seem to be experiencing similar complaints. 

Weight loss is good, it's good to be health conscious. But not to a point where it sabotaged your mental well-being. Early intervention and treatment are essential for recovery and can help individuals get their health and happiness back on track. Together, let's continue this conversation, support one another, and work towards a future where everyone feels valued, accepted, and worthy, just as they are.

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