Take the first step to recovery by understanding risks of eating disorders

disordered eatingThe risks and reasons behind eating disorders.One of the first steps in recovering from an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, is recognising you have a problem.

This can be difficult to admit to yourself as eating disorders are often about taking control of life through your weight.

Often teamed with feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety and the pressure to be thin like your favourite slim celebrity, eating disorders are hard to overcome without help.

Understanding the risks of eating disorders could help you take the first step to recovery, which is asking for aid.

Dizziness, constipation, trouble sleeping and the loss of a menstrual cycle are just some of the short-term consequences of eating disorders.

If they continue, sufferers can experience muscle wasting, thinning hair, bone loss, anaemia, heart problems, depression and even suicidal thoughts, which are all life-threatening.

Another consequence is damage to your teeth that cannot be repaired if it goes too far.

Dental surgeon professor Pierre Colon told Yahoo! about the effects that eating disorders have on your teeth.

He said: "In the first few years of the illness, teeth will become worn and cracked.

"Most of this damage is due to vomiting, and anorexia, where food is restricted, can also have harmful effects on the teeth."

Professor Colon explained that tooth enamel is weakened and eroded by an excess of acid.

This often occurs with bulimia, which comprises binging before purging through vomiting or laxatives, as stomach acid will come into contact with the back of your teeth.

Over time, the enamel will disappear wearing teeth down into a point and reducing their height.

Gums can also recede with both conditions as some sufferers brush their teeth several times a day to cleanse their body or hide the vomit.

Professor Colon recommends seeing a dentist and medical professional to prevent too much damage to your teeth but many feel too guilty or ashamed to go.

Feelings like this can often stop sufferers from seeking help but the main thing to remember is that this is an emotional and physical condition that is becoming more common among teenagers that can be overcome with support.

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