The Dilemma of Persons With Eating Disorders

a woman with an eating disorderThe human body is designed to adapt to any changes that occur in the body. For example, when a person bleeds a lot, the heart rate increases. This is because as blood carries oxygen, the body compensates for the lack of it by speeding up the travel of blood in order to provide oxygen that the body needs.

Sometimes, the body’s compensatory mechanism is not enough to combat an illness, especially if the mind dictates irrational thoughts like in anorexia nervosa. As such, some centers like focus on diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Such centers prepare patients’ reintegration into the society.

Here are some factors doctors should watch out for:


Persons with eating disorders are viewed as those who always seek attention. For this reason, only a few people who are diagnosed reveal their illnesses to others. This can lead to less understanding of a person’s behavior. More so, stigma can lead to one of the major reasons the eating disorder existed in the first place — low self-esteem.


More often than not, persons who are stressed think irrationally. This can add up to undesirable behaviors that can worsen eating disorders.

Setting of absent limits

Limits should be firm in relationships between caregivers and persons with eating disorders. Rules should be implemented and consequences should be set if these rules are broken. Without limit setting, patients would easily revert to pretreatment status. For example, a person with anorexia pleads with the caregiver to postpone his or her weighing. If the caregiver agrees, the patient’s coercive behavior is strengthened.

Some biological factors, such as reduced levels of serotonin, may be the cause of eating disorders. When such factor is the basis, the mind becomes a victim of the body’s irregularity. Nevertheless, the mind’s resilience may just be the key to effective and sustainable treatment.