In order to combat the constantly belief of “Being thin is beautiful”, HEDA has committed to enhance the consciousness of “Being healthy is the key”. We organize various activities including seminars for professionals, volunteer trainings, school workshops and public promotion activities etc., not only to help the public to increase the knowledge of eating disorders but also cover the preventive education.
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10 Facts relating to Eating Disorders that you may not know about……
- Eating Disorders mainly affect young females; about 75% of the patients are between 11-30 years of age.
- Local studies revived that people who has tried to go on diet are 5-8 times more at risk of having an Eating Disorder than those who has not.
- Eating Disorders is a kind of psychological illness but not a choice of life- style.
- Family doctor might not be able to spot out in time that the patient has an eating disorder if he/ she does not have the intention to seek help.
- Research from other countries suggested that the rate of early mortality for AN patients is higher than other psychological disorders.
- There is no medicine that targets specifically on Eating Disorders.
- If Eating Disorders patients receive appropriate treatments, a full recovery is possible.
- AN patients choose not to eat not because they hate food. On the contrary, they are thinking of food all the time.
- AN patients do have a chance of turning into BN.
- Most of the BN patients are at normal body weight, they eat normally as other people which makes it very difficult to find the hidden cases.
10 Tips that would help you to promote self-confidence
- Stop talking about topics relating to body figure and weight, your life should have a lot of more important things than fat or thin.
- Do not weigh your self-worth on the scale. You are not a piece of meat which sells in the butcher’s stall.
- Do not mind the malicious criticisms from others, you are your own master!
- Be critical with advertisements/messages from the media, do not give up your own life to their sales techniques.
- Do not judge yourself/others’ performance unfavorably because of his/her body size, the prejudicial opinion to oneself or others will only bring harm to all.
- Appreciate yourself/others more from their intrinsic qualities and the positive virtues.
- Be grateful for what you have in front of the mirror every day, you will discover many unexpected harvests
- Love yourself by accepting your own body. You do not live for others.
- “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” King Lear - Shakespeare.From now on, get rid of the perfectionism.
- The last thing is to believe “Healthy is the key, set your body free.”
3. 別介意別人的惡意批評， 您才是自己的主人！
4. 對廣告 / 媒體訊息保持批判思考，別做他人手中的「鬥瘦棋」！
5. 不要因為體形而推論自己 / 別人的表現，偏見對人對己都有害無益！
6. 多從內在及正面的角度欣賞自己 / 別人，您會發現「我有少少鐘意咗佢」呢！
10. 最後一項就是相信「健康就是美 讓自信起飛」
1.Be Mindful of When You Started to Adopt an Excessive Eating Pattern
Patients should observe whether such eating pattern is happening on a regular basis. Binge eating can become a habit. But you will be aware of it if you pay close attention to your behaviour. Alone at home, after spending some time with friends or after being told off by your boss may lead to binge eating. Patients are advised to keep a record of events, thoughts and feelings they had before they adopt an excessive eating pattern. That way, they may realize that most of their binge eating behaviour is related to their emotional turmoil. Having found out about their behavioural pattern and emotions, eating disorder sufferers can avoid certain circumstances that trigger binge eating or alternatively, even if they do come across those circumstances, they will be more alert or try to divert their attention to something else in order to reduce the tendency to binge eat.
2.Be Mindful of Your Emotions
Sometimes, we eat not because we want to satisfy our physical needs. For instance, some people eat continuously because they feel empty and lonely. Have you noticed that you would naturally turn to eating when you are stressed, upset, lonely, nervous, bored etc? A research shows many people turn to food, especially deserts, impulsively when they are under pressure. In fact, such desire for sweet food is not merely a psychological response. It’s also because pressure causes the adrenal glands to secrete cortisone. A continuously high level of cortisone will increase one’s appetite. Intake of glucose increases the secretion of serotonin, which relaxes one’s feelings.
Such phenomenon is very prevalent, but this is not abnormal. However, if eating becomes the only way to cope with problems, one may suffer from eating disorder. Sufferers often lose their confidence because they have lost control over their lives. They wrongly switch their focus to easier tasks, which don’t involve other people, such as weight and body figure control etc. By controlling their weights successfully, they regain confidence and satisfaction. Nevertheless, drawing a link between confidence and weight may result in one being controlled by his weight. Then, he loses himself again. Therefore, patients should notice whether eating and losing weight is a common response to avoid troubles and to shift their attention away from problems.
3.Abandon Pessimism and Negative Thinking
Many people suffering from eating disorders have a reflexively negative mind, i.e. if they fail to lose weight, they are useless; hence it is hard to find a job and they are destined to fail. Patients must undertake cognitive behaviour therapy to demand evidence to support their thoughts. In this way, they will realize that a lot of their assumptions are ill-founded and ridiculous. On the other hand, many patients are very demanding of themselves. For instance, if his boss doesn’t praise him for his work, he thinks his boss is dissatisfied. Such ways of thinking and strict self-demands will continuously dampen their confidence. It is particularly easy to trigger binge eating when one constantly lives under tension and stress. Patients should try to keep an eye on themselves and undergo repeated verification processes to find out whether they are thinking negatively and if so, take actions to turn it into a positive one.
4.Abandon the Wrong Weight-losing Habits and Maintain a Normal Diet
According to the statistics taken from HEDA's hotline, about 90% of eating disorder sufferers have been adopting a wrong method to lose weight before they are diagnosed with eating disorder. For example, daily intake of food with extremely low calories absorption, use of weight loss products, excessive exercising and self-induced vomiting etc. Unhealthy weight-losing habits do not have a lasting effect. In addition, it damages one’s health and may lead to eating disorder if left untreated. Some patients eat little for breakfast and lunch, but eat excessively for dinner. We strongly advise patients to adopt a normal eating pattern – three balanced meals. This is to prevent them from over-eating at night.
5.Learn to Accept Your Body Figure
People suffering from eating disorders are often dissatisfied with their body figure. They mistakenly think ‘slim’ is considered the standard. So they push themselves to lose weight. Apart from post-natal factors, innate body structure like bone structure, metabolism, DNA etc also greatly affect our body figure. However, all those are out of our control. When your body figure is standard, it is unnecessary or even impossible to slim down a particular part of your body (such claims that you can slim down a particular part of your body have not been scientifically proved). Therefore, we should recognize that everyone has a different body figure, just like how people of different races have different skin colours and cultures. Do not over-emphasize on appearance and overlook what’s inside. We shouldn’t use appearance and body figure to measure one’s confidence. Learn to accept your body. Do not randomly criticise other people’s body figures because everyone is unique. Unfortunately, losing weight has become a trend, which attempts to give everyone a moulded body shape. Such phenomenon is a reflection of their lack of confidence.
6.Weight and Body Figure Are Not the Right Scales to Measure Yourself
Eating disorder sufferers often use the content and quantity of food to determine whether they are successful or not. For instance, they blame themselves for failing to resist the temptation of deserts and think they are useless. If they manage to lose weight, they feel successful and confident. In fact, eating has nothing to do with one’s self-value, because our worth does not lie in our ability to control our weights. Instead, it lies in our achievements of meaningful matters.
7.Increase Our Ability to Analyse the Media Message and Advertisements
The media’s message and advertisement on weight-losing programmes are very attractive indeed. But think about this: if you can lose weight without the need to go on a diet, to exercise or to take medication, then there will be no more fat people on earth. As wise consumers, we should read these media messages with scepticism. Do not blindly believe in them and become their guinea pigs. In fact, the so-called advertisements only aim at increasing the audiences’ or consumers’ desire to purchase, in order to raise the sales of their products and services. As a result, many advertisements are exaggerated and superficial, and they often hide their shortcomings. You must recognize and remember that there is not free lunch in this world.
8.Look for Professional Assistance at the Appropriate Time
Most people suffering from eating disorder hope to improve their conditions by self-motivation. We encourage patients to experiment with a variety of methods. Nevertheless, the patients, as the persons involved, may not necessarily notice their problems since they are used to it. Help from outsiders may result in higher efficiency and have better effects. In addition, some patients refuse to get help and miss the best time for treatment. This has a profound impact upon the therapy. Therefore, if eating disorder sufferers have tried persistently but the conditions failed to improve and are getting worse, they should seek help from professionals as soon as possible so that the treatment will not be delayed.
From Fellow Patients