Anxiety and Eating Disorder

Anxiety and eating disorder have a two way relationship between them. Modern lifestyle and society pushes young people to lose weight,not for their health but for aesthetic concerns. Changes in eating habits causes eating disorders. More than 90 percent of eating disorders are observed in people under the age of 25.

Weight loss, accompanied by excessive anxiety from being overweight emerges eating disorder. Teenagers with eating disorders try to reduce their anxiety by eating excessively when they are anxious, but feel regret after eating.

Anxiety Disorder Could Lead to Eating Attacks

Regrets from eating causes sleeping problems, lack of anxiety control and various physical problems.

Research has shown that malnutrition has the effect of disrupting a personality. Anxiety disorder gets more difficult to control and so the person can’t cope with ”eating attacks.”


Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder along with eating disorders. Eating disorder can lead to depression. Depression can be short or long-term with many symptoms such as feeling sad, tired, hopeless, indecisive, more or less sleeping, inability to enjoy the activities previously enjoyed, and concentration disorder. Depression on adolescences has a negative effect on the development of personality. In addition, treatment of eating disorder is difficult when the person is depressed. Depression slows down the metabolic and makes diet more difficult.

Eating disorders adversely affect many organs in the body and the functioning of these organs. Therefore, medical problems emerges. Digestive, cardiovascular system disorders, menstrual irregularities, anemia, bone resorption, tooth decay, such as discomfort occurs.

Dont endanger your health

Eating disorders can also pose a risk to life! It is essential to start treatment before it reaches certain points. Parents should follow their child’s behavior, eating attitudes and if they observe a difference in eating habits they should receive appropriate help before it turns into psychological disorder.

The most common eating disorders are :
Anorexia nervosa : The person starves and starts losing weight however, they still consider themselves overweight and refuse to eat.
Bulimia nervosa : The person eats large quantities of food and then trying to compensate for that overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or exercising excessively (called purging). The weight of these people is usually normal.

The obstructive eating disorder persists at least once a week for a period of three months, causing the person to get out of control. These unbalanced increases or losses in weight pave the way for serious dangers.

There is a close relationship between anxiety and all types of eating disorders. One study found that 64% of the 674 anorexic and bulimic participants had a diagnosable anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Marilyn Walker

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