How You Can Prevent Eating Disorders
Learn more about How You Can Prevent Eating Disorders and see where you fit into the equation. Find out the different ways you can Prevent Eating Disorders and live a better life.
You've likely heard of the most common eating disorders (Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa and binge eating), but how much do you know about them and the many lesser known forms of eating disorders? Discover the differences between the disorders, the ways in which they harm a person's body and mind and the signs of each. Being knowledgeable is powerful in the prevention of eating disorders, what you learn could save a life!
Promote Good Body Image
Eating disorders don't discriminate and can begin in childhood; therefore, efforts made to prevent eating disorders should begin just as early. If you have or work with children or young adults, you can serve as an excellent role model for good body image. Being constantly bombarded by photographs of celebrities and models with unrealistic bodies takes a toll on the mind of the average person, especially youth. Learn to embrace your body and love it for the things it does and how effectively it functions, which is most important. Make a point to remind both yourself and others that much of what is seen in the media is both the result of plastic surgeries and unhealthy. Realize that there are many different body types; everyone is not meant to be thin.
Love from the Inside Out
Make a practice of loving people for who they are, not what they look like and surround yourself with people who will do the same for you. Too high a value is placed on outer appearance but focusing on strengths, talents and intellect can help prevent eating disorders.
Food is Food
Some foods are healthier than others and should be eaten more often. However, completely avoiding foods you deem as "bad" is a result of fear and can cause you to miss out on other great nutrients. Eat those foods in moderation and remember that a single chocolate bar is not going to result in being overweight.
Recognize Those at Risk
Do you have a loved one who is constantly commenting negatively on their body or the bodies of others who aren't "skinny"? Ever hear someone say they look fat? In everything? If this sounds like yourself or someone you know, it's important to recognize that that this kind of thinking can lead to eating disorders and shouldn't be taken lightly. Either change the thinking or discuss healthy ways to attain a desired weight, as long as that weight goal is not unhealthy. Remember that a healthy body is the best body you can have!
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