Food is a basic need for our survival and our bodies depend on the nutrients in food to stay healthy. When you have an eating disorder, food consumes your life. Sometimes people turn to food for comfort due to stress, depression, or anxiety. Eating disorders come in many forms such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. In any form, an eating disorder can cause physical disfiguration, impairment, obesity, and death.

A person who has an eating disorder develops an addictive relationship with self-destructive eating patterns. An individual with anorexia will starve due to their distorted perception of how they look. A person struggling with anorexia literally starves to death. The lack of food causes extreme weight loss, hair loss, and impairs the body’s organs.

An individual with bulimia eats normally or binge-eats, then immediately and intentionally vomits the food. He or she might like the taste of the food but throws up to avoid gaining weight. Bulimia can cause tooth decay from the stomach’s acid that comes up with the food. A person who has bulimia is at risk of developing severe physical impairments and death.

A person who has an eating disorder shows similar characteristics of a person who struggles with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. These addictive behaviors are self-destructive, harmful, and deadly. When a person has an eating disorder, he or she loses control and the ability to stop.                      

Eating disorders are related to some of the psychological effects of starvation, which appear to be similar to symptoms of addiction. A person with an eating disorder is preoccupied with food and experiences the urge to binge, is irritable, depressed, and overeats as a response to stress.

The causes for developing an eating disorder or drug addiction are very similar. Social pressure, impulsivity, stress, and emotional trauma are reasons a person turns to addictive behavior. Eating disorders and substance addiction develop from stressful situations as a way to cope with emotional distress.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder or addiction, get help now. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in holistic treatment therapy for addiction and addictive behaviors and integrates natural healing for the mind, body, and spirit. Get help so you can feel balanced, confident, and rejuvenated. Make the life-saving decision and call today.

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