It may seem like an irrational fear, but to the individuals afflicted with type of eating disorder, it is 100% real, rational (in their minds), and terrifying.
Imagine if one of the main fuels your body needs to go on living, was the one thing that frightened you the most. You can imagine how this fear would completely uproot your life and leave you feeling helpless and confused.
This fear can strike a myriad of different types of people. Often times it can strike those who are severely underweight, as well as those who are overweight. The fear can stem from the individual being afraid of gaining weight from eating the food, but they can also just have a strong anxiety when faced with the prospect of eating the food. In this second example, the individual will often start having panic attacks and will completely lose any appetite.
In both cases, the problem is psychologically-rooted and must be dealt with through therapy. Often there are secondary issues along with the eating disorder that must both be dealt with to cure the overall problem. With multiple diagnoses, the best option for treatment is through a dual diagnosis residential treatment program.
There is a growing number of treatment centers around the country that deal specifically with treating eating disorders. New Dawn Treatment Center is an accredited eating disorder center in California staffed with medical and nutritional professionals who can help deal with many types of eating disorders and leaded those suffering from them to a healthier way of living.
If you or someone around you is suffering from an eating disorder, you can find more information about the disease and options for treatment and recovery vial New Dawn's official website: