Each year, ten thousand two hundred deaths are the direct result of an eating disorder—that's one death every 52 minutes. 9% of the world has an eating disorder. Eating disorders are also a sign of mental health problems. About 26% of people with eating disorders attempt suicide.
Eating disorders are prevalent, especially among young women. The number of cases in the Jewish population is increasing. However, the exact number is still unknown.
Most people know about two eating disorders: anorexia and bulimia. Not known to most people, the most common eating disorder is EDNOS – or “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified." Here is a short description of the three:
Don’t ignore the signs! Ideally, a person with an eating disorder should receive treatment as early as possible. The earlier the treatment begins, the easier it will be to gain control over the condition.
Control is the keyword. Most individuals with an eating disorder will tell you it began because they wanted to control their lives. They wanted to be happier, prettier, better liked, and in charge. Like coming to Israel, away from home for the first time, any transition may trigger a feeling of loneliness and insecurity. What ends up happening is that the disorder takes control over their life! The eating disorder becomes an addiction.
In the short term, a lack of nutrition can result in low blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. Not eating makes it more difficult for the brain to work. People become foggy and apathetic. Eating disorders are a significant reason why gap year students leave before the end of the year.
In the long term, eating disorders cause fertility problems. A client of ours with infertility previously had bulimia.
Treatment for eating disorders involves a medical evaluation and therapy, a nutritionist, and a therapist. Without appropriate treatment, eating disorders can be fatal.
If your child has an eating disorder and is coming to Israel, you must alert the administration to the issue even if your child has completed treatment. It is in your child’s best interest to have the administration be on the lookout for a relapse. It could be the difference between life and death!
If you have concerns and would like your child to get treatment in Israel or continue treatment that has been started, EMA Care is here for you. We can arrange appointments with a doctor, nutritionist, and therapist.
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