Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eating disorders and how to cope~ (More of Aggroe's free therapy!)

Yoooo~! I hope everyone's having a good night! First off, some business~
If you like the blog, check out this page and ask me some questions! Next, I wanted to remind everyone to both add us on Facebook and like our page as well~ We update the page more frequently, but we're working on updating them the same amount!
Also, we're just about done with that truth or dare video from a few weeks back...~
I'm working on Monster Girl Quest part 2, Amnesia part 2, and a new Pokemon Challenge! So look forward to those~
Today, I'll be talking about some eating disorders, and how to cope with them. I personally haven't had an eating disorder, but I do understand the mindset and the psychology behind it. Think about this as free therapy~!
Day 29: Anime Eyes
I would pick Sunako Nakahara's eyes, from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.
She's played up in the anime to be really ugly, and unfeminine... But in reality, she's not that bad looking~ Her eyes are my favorite! I love their shape and color, she looks refined, mysterious, and kind of shy... I LOVE IT~
Now, for the daily dose of Japan~
Today is another word.
お回さん (おまわりさん)
Romanized as "omawari-san"

Pronounced "oh-ma-wa-ri-sa-n"
It means police officer, specifically the one's patrolling a certain street or area. I don't think they are around as much anymore, but if you see one and are having some kind of trouble, suck as someone stealing your purse, then you can call one over to help.
Now, the 18+ fun all you perverts have been waiting for...~
Aggroe's HTD!
Not that you guys really need to know or anything, but I really love maids and monster girls typically pick these hentai randomly. This one happened to be pretty cool~ It's mostly a bunch of h-pictures of cat-eared maids... In color, no less~! holyshitifeellikeishouldn'tbereadingthisrightnow 
Now for the talk of eating disorders! Before I get into it, remember... Even men develop this, due to social pressure! Just as women are expected to be thin, yet have large breasts, men are expected to be thin with huge muscles. Just look at Barbie and He-Man! Those names! Those expectations!

First off, I'd like to talk about the two different kinds, and where they come from.
There's Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Both of these are started by low self esteem, high standards of society, and/or wanting control over one's life.
They are typically associated with girls, but in modern society the numbers are evening out. The statistics are somewhere around 1 man for every 4 women (Anorexia) and 1 man for every 8-11 women (Bulimia). Typically, males are older than females when they develop an eating disorder, women usually begin in adolescence and young adulthood. Anorexia is thought to occur in 1/100 women, and Bulimia occurs in 3/100 women, but these numbers tend to be higher in college settings due to the higher stress level and need for control.
The origins of the words are pretty interesting, despite being quite old and not entirely accurate. Anorexia comes from the words "an" and "orexia", meaning "without appetite". Bulimia stems from "bous" and "limos", meaning "the hunger of an ox".
Now let me explain what they are.
Anorexia Nervosa is when a person chooses to go without food, and this reason doesn't stem from lack of appetite at all. Rather, it comes from a lack of self-esteem, a drive to be better and thinner, wanting to get back at a parent, and/or the need for control of SOMETHING in life. Anything. Life is unpredictable, and everyone wants some control over their life, that's very understandable. It is OFFICIALLY defined as someone who refuses to maintain a body weight above 85% of the recommended body weight for their height.

Bulimia Nervosa is defined by cycles of binging and purging, sometimes with vigorous exercise added as well. Basically, Bulimia is when someone eats a large amount of food in a short amount of time, and then consumes laxatives in order to purge it all from their system... Another common way to purge is by throwing back up what one just ate. Typically it stems from the same issues as Anorexia, though there is typically more guilt associated with Bulimia.
Both of these are very hard on one's body, and so below I will list the negative effects of both.

Some of the impacts this disorder has on your body are:
1. Slow Heart Rate
This happens for a multitude of reasons. The major reason, however, is because your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs to function. A scarier reason is that your heart is simply having trouble working. An interesting fact is that the body, in starvation mode, tends to burn muscle to fat at a 3:1 ratio. This means that your body slowly digests away your muscles, including your heart.
2. Low Blood Pressure
A lot of the time, you hear that high blood pressure is a problem... So is low blood pressure. This is directly related to the fact that your heart isn't beating as much, nor is it as strong as it should be. Also, as mentioned, your heart isn't getting the ATP and nutrients that it needs to run.
3. Low Body Temperature
It's a well known fact that those with low body fat have less insulation, and are therefore colder, not to mention overweight people are exactly the opposite, in that respect. This can be dangerous as it allows one to develop hypothermia and frostbite more easily.
4. Amenorrhea
This is only associated with women. Basically, it means that your menstrual cycle stops. Bye bye period! That may sound pretty good at first, but in reality, one's menstrual cycle provides hormones and chemicals needed for a lot of things in the body! It can cause infertility, brittle bones, estrogen deficiency (which causes excess hair growth, smaller breast size, and bone loss), and ovarian cysts.
One reason for the disorder is the perspective due to society's constant admonishing.
Bulimia Nervosa
1. Sore Throat
This is due to the constant regurgitation. The acid in one's stomach slowly tears down the lining in one's throat, doing a lot of damage to the esophagus, throat, salivary glands, and the enamel of one's teeth.
2. Gastrointestinal Issues
This can include constipation, irregular bowel movements, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. These aren't issues immediately, though they are slightly frustrating to deal will, and will cause bigger problems if it continues.
3. Anemia
It's a problem with both Anorexia and Bulimia, but it is basically not getting enough iron in your diet. This is caused by both not eating it in the first place, and also by purging what iron you do happen to eat.
4. Ulcers
These are present in both the throat/mouth, and the stomach/digestive system. Ulcers can be very dangerous if not taken care of right away.

So that's basically the gist of what they are and what they do to one's body. Now, I will talk, specifically, to those who suffer from these types of mentalities.
Tip #1
So first off, similar to depression, have some sort of motivation! Remember that you are beautiful for who you are, and if you set some long term goals that don't have to do with weight, then focusing on them will help to break the cycle! I have dealt with feelings of inadequacy and lack of control, and have always dealt with them by giving myself a reason to strive. What are you working towards?
Tip #2 (this is mainly for A.N.)

Next, I recommend trying to find healthy ways to lose weight online. Instead of not eating at all, why not drink a protein shake in the morning and again at night? Accompanied by light exercise, of course. In a week and a half of working out, and trying to get down from 260 lbs, I've already lost quite a bit of fat and gained some muscles by eating right, working out, and sleeping.
I do understand that the mentality of losing control and of inadequacy are both hard to forget... Not to mention the habits that form and the guilt that comes with eating.. which sort of leads into my third point.
Tip #3
This one is going to be a lot harder to do, but find someone you trust. A school counselor, a parent, a teacher, a close friend... Even if you're writing it to yourself in a letter, tell someone. Getting it out there makes it something more tangible, something that's more easily dealt with.
Now when telling someone, think of who will be supportive. If they aren't supportive of you, then they aren't worth telling. That sounds harsh, but if you tell someone who will choose to bring you down, you'll only be hurt more in the end.

Tip #4 (for B.N.)
Binging and purging becomes a vicious cycle. Breaking out of it can be tough, and it will take a lot of work. I don't struggle with this, but I do struggle with an OCD-type disorder called Dermatillomania. I find that having a hobby really helps me keep my mind off of it. Whenever I feel the compulsion, I will myself to sit down and pick up a book. I really like books, so that works well for me. Within a half an hour, I'm so engrossed in the reading that I forget why I started in the first place!
Dealing with the compulsion to binge is a lot harder in some ways, however. It's the same concept, however. Find something that makes you feel at ease, that you truly enjoy doing. Whenever you want to binge and purge, take part in a hobby, instead!
Tip #5

This may or may not help, but find someone who cares. Know that they care. Remind yourself, every day, of what would happen to them if something bad did happen to you.
Perhaps get a pet, and engross yourself in taking care of it! Watch it grow, learn new things, and you will realize that this creature depends on you! The life of another creature is under your control, and you can take care of it!

Also, remember, that I'm rooting for you! In today's world of insults, just remember... Everyone is insecure about something. EVERYONE. That means me, Anemone, our roommates, your best friend, even assholes.
There are very few people in this world who are happy about who they are... Don't feel guilty. You haven't done anything wrong.
Now, I've got to wrap it up since my computer is screaming at me to stop~
I've got some fun stuff for you!
First off, how much time have YOU wasted on facebook? 
I've wasted 18 days or so...
Next, there's a really funny slogan generator site that one of my roommates discovered!
Below are some great examples, from the mundane, to the 12 year old boy humor, to the 18+ humor~
Did some of those evoke a laugh? I know I spent a big part of the afternoon laughing more than I should have at this with Anemone~! Go forth, and make your OWN slogans~
I suppose that's about all I have for you tonight. In the meantime, enjoy!
Good night, and sweet dreams~

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