Individuals who suffer from eating disorders need low self esteem help. Eating disorders are linked to psychological issues and these are most likely to be connected with the self esteem of a person.
Individuals with low self esteem tend to constantly think of their past mistakes and negative criticisms from people around them which leads them to berating themselves. This will then result into eating disorders as the person will more likely pressure himself or herself in becoming perfect.
There are two distinct types of eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa which means lack of appetite and Bulimia Nervosa which means eating a lot of food in a short period of time. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of mental illnesses, it’s lethal, and it can kill. People suffering from it, needs low self esteem help — earlier the better.
A new center at the University of Florida — the state’s first university-based eating disorders program — aims to silence that inner criticism which can make having pizza out with the girls an ordeal.
It drove Simone Pierson to run 6 miles, six days a week and kept her from touching anything like cheese. At first, her efforts were rewarded — unsolicited job offers came as she whittled down to 98 pounds. But then the effort became exhausting, she said.
“A lot of my friends didn’t want to hang with me — I was tired and not as fun as I used to be,” said Pierson, 21, a UF food science and human nutrition major from Coral Springs.
She also collapsed at the end of a road race.
Hoping to help those with the same compulsions before it’s too late — as well as to discover the origins of this self-destruction — the UF Eating Disorder Recovery Center opened last month for those who need around-the-clock care.
“Eating disorders have the highest lethality of any psychiatric illness,” said psychiatrist Kevin Wandler, who came to UF in August to lead the program.
The program will eventually move to the former Residence Inn on Southwest 13th Street, where it will share a campus with a drug treatment program to form the Florida Recovery Center.
Alachua County’s planning commission will be reviewing a proposal to change the land use at the northeast corner of 13th Street and Williston Road from a commercial use to an institutional medical one at a March 21 meeting. If it gets approval there, the Alachua County Commission is tentatively scheduled to take the land-use issue up April 1.
Meanwhile, patients afflicted with anorexia nervosa and bulimia will relearn how to nourish their bodies at Shands Vista campus on Northwest 39th Avenue. Dr, Wandler, most recently the chief medical officer for the Center for Anorexia and Bulimia at Remuda Ranch in Arizona, said Gainesville is the perfect place for this treatment.
“There are 55,000 students at UF, and half of them are women and 25 percent of them have disordered eating,” Wandler said. “The population at the highest risk are teenagers — people, mostly women, 14 to 22 (years old) tend to develop eating disorders.”
While obesity will eventually be treated at the eating disorder program, Wandler said his and the center’s focus is two-fold: anorexia nervosa, a condition that drives people to diet so that they weigh less than 85 percent of their ideal body weight, and bulimia, which leads its victims to binge and then purge their food.
He said anorexia is the most lethal type of disorder because low weight can put electrolytes out of whack, which leads to heart arrhythmias that can kill. And purging can lead to extreme dehydration.
But recovery is more complicated than beginning to eat again, or stopping purges, Wandler said. While many people would like to be thinner, the impulse can go haywire for a smaller set of those prone to perfectionism, anxiety and low self-esteem. Food restriction becomes a way to control emotion and purging is a method for ridding oneself of anger, Wandler said.
“Our goal in treatment is really teaching emotional regulation,” he said.
Pierson, the director of the UF’s student organization called the Body Acceptance Movement, said that she came to realize that losing weight during her high school years had a strong pull on her because of the way she began to equate being thin with being happy.
“People were telling me how great I looked,” she said, recalling how she got offered retail jobs as she shopped.
But then walking became painful. She went to South Florida for her treatment. But having a center here will be a big plus for students trying to recover, particularly if they want to continue their studies as they get treatment, Pierson said.
“I’m really excited about it,” she said.
People are never alone, low self esteem help is always available when recognized. There are always those who are willing to give a helping hand to those who seeks help. Preventing eating disorder is a process, it will surely take time. But, when it takes effect on working from the inside of the person suffering from it, struggling to perfection will hopefully never the option again. Recovering and conquering an uneasy situation helps people realize many values they need to put into their lives. Eating disorder patients have the right to feel comfortable with their body and live a healthy life.
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