eating disorders

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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Food & nutrition
October 22, 2018

Can your diet be too healthy?

When you’re following a healthy diet, occasional cheat days where you indulge in your favourite treats are fine, but what happens when you feel guilty every single time you go off plan? Are you a health nut? When you have an eating disorder, you tend to constantly think about what, when and how much you should be eating. Proper nutrition from your diet is more than just a boost of energy and a slim body; it’s for the benefit of your organs and tissues. Healthy food plays a role in your body working efficiently. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…
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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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February 9, 2016

Are you a sleep-eater?

“How did all these chocolate-wrappers end up in my BED?!” Last night, you drifted off to sleep as usual, but this morning your stomach feels bloated and there are crumbs on the carpet. The worst part: you can’t remember anything. Welcome to the strange world of sleep-eating. (more…)
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