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Can skipping meals and eating small portions lead to an eating disorder?

Even seemingly "mild" behaviours like skipping meals or eating small portions can have significant consequences

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Today, we want to shed light on a crucial topic that affects many individuals: eating disorders. Did you know that even seemingly "mild" behaviours like skipping meals or eating small portions can have significant consequences? Let's dive deeper into this with insights from Professor Tracey Wade, a renowned expert in the field.

According to Professor Wade, there is nothing mild about these patterns of disordered eating. In fact, they can serve as a stepping stone toward the development of a diagnosable eating disorder. Particularly in young people, such behaviours represent a form of starvation that negatively impacts both the brain and body during crucial stages of development.

Extensive research has shown that even modest dieting can affect brain activity. And since a young person's brain is still growing and evolving, it becomes particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of starvation.

When the brain is deprived of essential nourishment, it undergoes changes that significantly impact cognitive functions, information processing, and emotional regulation. Decision-making becomes challenging, problem-solving abilities decline, and emotional management becomes more difficult. In essence, a starved brain hampers our overall well-being.

To recover fully, the brain needs to be nourished and supported to undergo positive changes. Optimal brain function cannot be achieved without adequate nutrition. That's why ensuring proper nourishment is a top priority in the treatment of eating disorders.

If you or someone you know is struggling with disordered eating behaviors or concerns about food, it's crucial to seek help. Reach out to the Statewide Eating Disorders Service, your General Practitioner or a psychologist who can provide guidance and support.

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