Mental & Emotional Health
November 30, 2018

Binge eating: indulgence or addiction

For most of us, food plays a central role in our lives. It’s not just to satisfy hunger, but also to celebrate a new birth, mourn death, commemorate marriage and bring people together. Yet, for an increasing number of South Africans, it’s an “addiction”, causing several eating disorders and resulting in more harm than good. One of these disorders is called binge eating disorder (BED), and can lead to being overweight, and a whole host of illnesses. What is Binge Eating Disorder?  Pigging out on pizza on movie night, stuffing ourselves at Christmas, or comforting ourselves with ice cream after…
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Mental & Emotional Health
October 27, 2017

What is Bulimia?

Bulimia (bulimia nervosa) is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with this condition binge-eat a lot of food in a short amount of time, and then purge soon after to get rid of the food and calories. Purging can involve self-induced vomiting, taking diuretics or laxatives, obsessive exercising or fasting. Who’s at Risk? Although bulimia is relatively uncommon in men, it’s very common in teenage and young adult women, and around 50% of bulimics have or had anorexia. A lot of bulimics suffer from severe depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. And unlike people with anorexia, a bulimic’s weight…
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Mental & Emotional Health
February 23, 2017

What to do if your friend has an eating disorder

Your friend is almost always on a diet. She’s preoccupied with how much she eats each day, obsessively counts calories, and usually has excuses not to eat in front of you. Other days she eats more than her body can handle and is wracked with guilt afterwards. Your friend may be struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are complicated illnesses that usually start in the mind (contrary to popular belief that it’s simply a “body” issue). These issues are characterised by abnormal eating habits and severe distress over body weight or shape. An eating disorder can make people starve…
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Mental & Emotional HealthTeeth & gums
January 4, 2017

How bulimia and anorexia harm your teeth

By Dr. Corne Smith Thanks to those Photoshopped magazine covers, adverts and social media, body disorders and eating disorders are more common than we realise. Young women, trying to look and feel more attractive, go to extreme measures to fit into impossible dress-sizes. Apart from the health risk, eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, can also cause serious harm to your teeth.   Bulimia disorder is characterized by recurrent self-induced vomiting after eating high volumes of food. This continuous vomiting causes gastric acids and other substances to travel to the mouth resulting in: Tooth enamel erosion Cavities Teeth discoloration…
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Food & nutritionMental & Emotional Health
April 4, 2015

Bulimia: The food monster

It seems like such an easy answer to weight-control: whatever you put in, you just throw out. But it isn’t how your body works - at all. We’re not sure where our connection between food and health broke down, but conditions like bulimia show how broken it can get. (more…)
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