Eating Disorders

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about eating disorders and what can be done to help those who suffer from them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People with eating disorders are very concerned about the way their bodies look, and use food to control their emotions. They want very much to be thin and are afraid of becoming fat.

Eating disorders result from a strong sense of emotional need or pain. If you have an eating disorder, you might think that you will be happy if you reach a certain weight. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Eating disorders can cause serious medical problems, and they can even kill you. They can damage your heart, skin, muscles, teeth and stomach. If you have an eating disorder, you might develop a condition called osteoporosis, where your bones weaken and break very easily. You might also develop a serious mental illness.

Good nutrition and psychological counseling can help you recover from an eating disorder.

You can talk to your doctor if you think that you or someone you care about has an eating disorder.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.