World Food Day is celebrated on 16th October every year, paying tribute to the creation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The mission of World Food Day is to emphasize how food intake can affect an individual’s health and the earth. 


With world food day just around the corner, let us remind you that over 30 million Americans suffer from various eating disorders. Some common eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and binge eating. Many people overlook the effects and dangers of disordered eating habits and unhealthy weight management, turning them into eating disorder patients. 


This blog discusses some reasons why you should never take eating disorders lightly. 

1- Eating Disorders can be Fatal 

Eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses. About 10,200 people die every year from direct eating disorders. Eating disorders can often trigger complex psychological changes that can push a person’s body and mind into survival mode, dealing with negative thoughts only. 


Around 26% percent of eating disorder patients commit suicide, making eating disorders even more dangerous. 

2- Eating Disorders Can Cause Health Problems

As mentioned above, eating disorders take many lives every year. 


Some common health problems related to food disorders are low heart rate, low blood pressure, low body temperature, disturbed menstruation cycle, low testosterone level, low bone density, low platelets, anemia, dehydration, physical weakness, regular nausea, and vomiting. These can also include excessive hair loss, blood sugar fluctuations, skin disorders, bacterial infection, and liver and kidney dysfunction. 

3- Eating Disorders Are Signs of Other Mental Illnesses

Eating disorders are normally related to other mental illnesses. When an eating disorder occurs, there are underlying past mental disorders, trauma, or abuse. 


Mental health disorders like stress and depression often coexist with eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa or binge eating. An eating disorder like alcohol overdose is often linked with substance abuse disorders. 


Specialists can treat such disorders with dual diagnosis, which is a medical method that deals with both eating disorders and mental disorders at the same time. 

Person with sudden weight loss measuring their waist


Some common symptoms of eating disorders are excessive dieting and exercise, self-starvation, and sudden weight loss or weight gain. If you or a beloved has such symptoms, we advise you to get medical treatment immediately, as no one should ever take eating disorders lightly.


At Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples, we use various treatment methods to deal with eating disorders and weight loss management in Naples


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Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI