The Effects Of Eating Disorders On Health

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Health can be expressed in many different ways: physical health is easily identified by an individual’s ability to perform tasks with agility, endurance or speed. There are ways to enhance these factors through exercise and healthy eating as well as regular health screenings. However, there is another facet of human health that is less easily identified: mental health. Mental health impacts everyone in varying ways and in varying degrees. Sometimes the symptoms are easily identified, such as with schizophrenia disorders, but other times, the symptoms are hidden and the sufferers remain in silence until the situation becomes dire. In the case of an eating disorder, the disease is not usually made visible to the people around the sufferer, and it’s a long, painful road to recovery. Even with a medical “all-clear,” the effects can be life-altering and permanent. The onset of eating disorders are often attributable to low self-esteem or bodily insecurity, which could lower sex drive on its own; however, the physical, emotional, and mental toll the disease-and recovery from it-wreaks on the afflicted could forever change how they view and participate in sex or intimate encounters. The physical effects of an eating disorder are varied across the board, but typically, a loss of menstruation (amenorrhea), slowing of estrogen production, infertility, an increase in stress hormone production, fertility problems, and other non-sexual health related problems come from low body-weight
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