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Can Your Diet Cause An Eating Disorder Like Anorexia?

Aug 17, 2007
Almost everybody has tried a diet in his life. A diet is nothing else than a change in what and how we eat. Did you ever think of eating disorders when you made a diet?

I guess not. Today eating disorders get more and more attention by the media. Some claim that eating disorders are the results of obsessive dieting. Today we know different kinds of eating disorders and gave it names like bulimia or anorexia nervosa.

The more we hear and read about it, the more we see signs of these eating disorders by ourselves. Are you too asking yourself all day if the things you eat are good for you? Are they healthy, fresh and well cooked? Do they contain enough vitamins and minerals? Do I get enough fibers? Did I eat too much fat? How many calories did I just consume? And so on and so forth.

Nutrition can be a quite confusing topic. There is just too much information about it out there. Way too much. And it gets more with every day. Still, science does not know the answers to all questions and is still guessing on many things.

How many diets do you know? How many are there? Which ones are really working and why? It is a big industry and a lot of money is made from the lack of knowledge. I do not know many who can enumerate all known vitamins and minerals. Can you? And what exactly are these vitamins and minerals good for and in which foods can they be found?

You see, even this question alone could fill a book with answers. No doubt about it what happens when you try to make a diet and start to read about all these things. Confusion and frustration is the result.

There are different reasons to make a diet. The most obvious one is to loose weight but there are many others. Since there is so much information about food, nutrition, dieting and cooking that many started to celebrate a special type of diet or eating habit as a lifestyle.

It is like with any other habit in any other part of your life. If you get obsessive about something then you may loose control. Behavior that you repeat over and over again becomes a habit that you perform without paying attention to it anymore.

If you diet because you like to diet then you are on a dangerous path. A diet is nothing more than a aid to achieve a goal, for example to loose weight. Once the goal is achieved the diet stops.

Common sense? Should be. But if you are a victim of an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa then you continue to diet for unknown reasons. You are starving yourself to death. Why not just stop the diet? It is not possible anymore. The habits became part of the behavior.

There is a Chinese saying that warns you about your goals because they may become true. Be careful with your nutrition. It changes or body and mind. We all should go for a healthy lifestyle but never pass the line. There can also be negative effects like eating disorders.
About the Author
Expert author Gerd C. Pacher has been published in numerous ezines worldwide. Read more about this topic in articles about the pro anorexia discussion and how to become anorexic which have been published at http://www.pro-anorexia.net
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