Time and time again, we see that the way we perceive ourselves has a direct impact on our mental health. This is never more true than when we talk about weight. Weight is a touchy subject for many people, and it is often tied to self-worth and self-confidence. This is one of the reasons why eating disorders are taken so seriously. When you have someone who is either eating too little, too much, or regurgitating their food, it can cause some serious problems both physically and mentally. Too often we find that people start to obsess over the number on a scale, to the point where it becomes dangerous.
Getting someone the proper help when it comes to eating disorders is extremely important. Although you love the person, it is important to remember that we have trained professionals for a reason. Making sure that someone who has an eating disorder has access to the resources they need to recover is something that cannot be understated. The difference that professional help can make is, in many cases, literally the difference between life and death.
Even if you don’t know anyone who has an eating disorder, someone you care for may still be having mental health issues related to their weight. Whether the problems stem directly from a dislike of their body or if the weight is a side effect of their mental illness, the two are often tied. With disorders such as depression, a person may stop taking an interest in how they look from day to day, especially if they are spending a lot of time in their own house. It isn’t abnormal for people with depression, anxiety, or other stress related issues to eat poorly. This can be eating too much, not at all, or not in a healthy way. In cases like these, you need to treat the mental illness before the habits and actions will get any better.
If you or someone you love is having issues with their weight and you believe that mental health is involved, it is important that you call a professional. While we are not able to help the mental health aspect, we can help people look better and see if it helps. The main thing to remember is that telling someone that they need to lose weight isn’t a solution. Someone’s mental health is worth more than a number, so always seek professional help if you think there may be an issue.