Many people, especially children, teens, and those who fall into the young adult category, believe that adopting disordered eating habits (restricting food, obsessively counting calories, purging after eating, etc.) is the key to helping them lose weight and achieve the figure they’ve always wanted.
These beliefs are also reinforced by a lot of celebrities and fitness influencers on social media, who often tout disordered eating practices as being perfectly normal and healthy.
In reality, an eating disorder is not a good way to lose weight. Eating disorders can have serious, long-term ramifications for a person’s health and self confidence.
As the National Eating Disorder Association points out, eating disorders can affect the cardiovascular system and put excessive stress on the heart. They can cause gastrointestinal issues, hormonal issues, and neurological issues, too. Therefore, work with a medical expert if you have an eating disorder.