Are you obsessed with your weight? Studies show that 47 percent of 5th through 12th grade females talk about losing weight due to the images they see on television and in magazines. Other studies show that millions of people of all ages, who have eating disorders, have the highest mortality rates.
On a more positive note, women are finding the “ideal” body type, which shows up on television and in magazines, no longer desirable. Only around five percent of women find these images desirable. Listed below are a few ideas that you or someone you know may be obsessed with their weight and what to do about it.
Obsessive Weight Loss Signs and Symptoms related to Calories
- You start counting and restricting your food intake to a below minimal amount.
- You are hungry and losing too much weight too fast.
- Very suddenly, your good idea of keeping a food diary becomes a starvation diary.
- Your looks change dramatically, and personality also changes for the worse.
- People are telling you that you are losing too much weight or looking bad.
- You don’t want to hear what others say and you see yourself as abnormal.
- Others ask you to get professional help.
- You know you don’t look or feel well but won’t help yourself, because you’re afraid of gaining weight if you do.
- You are taking in less than your recommended calories per day.
- You are eating one type of food throughout the day like crackers, pastas, chewing gum, or drinking water obsessively.
Self-Help Recommendations to Control Obsessive Weight-Loss
- Research good calorie charts that goes by your gender, age, and level of activity.
- An average male calorie count should be around 2,500 per day.
- For the female, the average calorie count should be around 2,000 per day.
- When two or more people are telling you that you look different or worse, listen to them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your priest, doctor, parents, siblings, friends, or other family members.
- Try eating a little more every day, and remind yourself that you are hurting your vital organs and that they could shut down and cause early death.
Obsessive Weight Loss Signs and Symptoms Related to Exercising
- Compulsive exercising. – Called anorexia athletica, this results when your desire to exercise comes above all else in your life, even to the point of giving up family, friends, and engagements.
- Constantly looking in the mirror and doing exercises continuously while looking.
- Weighing on the scales more often than necessary.
- Feeling extremely guilty when you miss a workout then doubling up the next session.
- If you eat an extra food, you may feel compelled to work out double or to extreme.
Self-Help Recommendations to Control Obsessive Exercise
- First and foremost, recognize your obsessive exercising.
- Listen to other people if they tell you that you are doing too much.
- Have help in making a “normal” exercise schedule from a reputable fitness expert.
- Do not have a false belief that anyone is jealous of your obsessive workouts, because this could be a false idea created by yourself in order to keep working out.
- Do not feel guilty when you don’t exercise. Laugh the guilt away.
- Stop exercising when you begin to feel tired.
- Seek professional help to get your mind and body in the right state of being.
Compulsive exercise and anorexia can become fatal so recognize the symptoms. Even when exercising, when it becomes an obsession, it can harm the muscle mass and damage the heart.
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