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NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK

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Robious Corridor OnlineMost of us realize that exercising and eating a variety of healthy foods is important for our health.  But, sometimes one can lose focus and feel out of control.

Continual yo-yo dieting can lead to other unrealistic goals and unhealthy outcomes. We all need a balance in our lives. Research show that approximately 8 million people struggle with some type of eating disorder, most commonly Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa. That’s 3 out of every 100 people.

A recent poll of teenage girls responded that 30% would rather be thin than healthy.  And, 66% said they would rather be mean or stupid instead of fat. With pressure on television and magazines of what young women should strive to emulate, it’s no wonder that almost 25% of those dieting will develop some type of disordered eating. When obsessive habits with eating and/or exercise is damaging your quality of life, it may be time to get help.  One problem is that very few people with an eating disorder ask for help and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.

Almost 4% of college-age women have anorexia and almost 33% of female athletes struggle with disordered eating. If you are a parent, make sure that you stress healthy habits and a positive body image. Model a healthy relationship with food and don’t use food as rewards or punishment. Although there’s no single cause and it can have many complex behaviors and issues, it’s important to look out for some common characteristics.  An intense fear of weight gain, social withdrawal, weight loss, amenorrhea, preoccupation with calorie count and rituals with eating habits, excessive exercise, brittle hair or nails, stress fractures, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, and low blood pressure and heart rate.

Treating eating disorders is very difficult and until the person is willing, there is little that can be done. A team approach with a physician, psychiatrist, and a dietician tend to have the best results, but it can be a long journey.

If we have strategies for handling the big stresses in our life and a good support system with family and friends, this can be a crucial link for managing a healthy relationship with food.

 

Written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist

acac Midlothian has provided Robious Corridor Magazine and Robious Corridor Online with valuable health, nutrition, and fitness information for years.  In fact, since our first issue.  We welcome their guidance and recognize them as a Keystone Corporate Partner!

 

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