Eating Disorder


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Over the last decade, with the rise of social media, anorexia has become a constant issue in the life of teenagers.

Anorexia is an eating disorder manifested by intentional weight loss. It’s when you restrain yourself from eating because you think you are fat. Some people are conscious that they are skinny, but they continue to focus on some of their body parts, such as their belly, their butt, and their thighs, which still appear too fat for them. “Anorexia is treatable but can be life-threatening without intervention,” mentions

Eating disorders are serious and have consequences. It is not a phase, People do not just catch an eating disorder for a while. They are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

It’s essential to recognize the signs of someone having anorexia because they will never say it. Some of the common symptoms are frequently skipping meals or refusing to eat. Denial of hunger or making excuses for not eating. Eating only a few certain safe foods, usually those low in fat and calories. Adopting rigid meals or eating rituals, such as spitting food out after chewing. The victims are mostly sensitive to cold, hair loss, and feeling faint or tired.

How do you break the cycle of eating disorders? Start by “stop restricting yourself then make sure you eat the next meal. Plan out your meals and snacks, recognize that foods are not good or bad. Late night snacking, usually due to hunger or boredom” according to Google.


-How to get over an eating disorder-

You can go to individual or group therapy, and you can also call or text some of the resources below (in French).

ANEB : Aide et soutien aux personnes touchées par les troubles alimentaires ainsi qu’à leurs proches.

Trouver de l’aide pour les troubles alimentaires : anorexie et boulimie