Eating Disorders Prevention: Excessive Dieting Can Lead to Eating Disorders

Studies have shown that dieting carried out too far can result in unhealthy behaviors such as an eating disorder. Hence if you want to go on a diet, you should thread carefully and be aware that you should also prevent eating disorders from developing.

In fact, you should also know that many fad diets do not work. About 95% of people who go on a diet find that they regain the pounds that they initially lost. They do not know how to sustain being on a healthy weight with a balanced diet.

Yo-yo dieting is something that you should truly want to avoid because it is very dangerous. You run the risk of developing an eating disorder that you have no control over. Yo-yo dieting is the unhealthy cycle of dieting, losing weight, regaining it, and then starting all over again. This will surely wreak havoc on your health.

Eating disorders can result in long-term complications. These include cardiac problems, long-term impact on metabolism, and other health risks. You also run the risk of suffering from malnutrition because you are not consuming key nutrients. This includes calcium and various other vitamins and minerals. If you do not get enough calcium you may get stress fractures, lose bone density, and if you are a woman you run the increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

There are numerous physical symptoms that also result from excessive dieting. You really should keep these in mind for eating disorder prevention. They includes loss of endurance, respiratory problems including decreased oxygen intake, imbalance of electrolytes, dehydration, weakness, heart problems, risk of fainting, loss of muscle and strength, skin problems, sleep problems and thinning hair.

Studies also show that diets have an effect on your mind. When you go on a severe diet over a prolonged period of time, you restrict the amount of calories that you consume. This is the beginnings of an anorexic eating disorder. Your energy levels decrease and you lose your ability to focus. Of course, if you take steps to prevent eating disorders such as knowing when to stop dieting, you will not have to worry about these things.

In conclusion, the most dangerous problem with excessive dieting is that it can lead to behaviors that result in an eating disorder. There are many studies out there showing that many who are now suffering from eating disorders actually began by dieting. Since your eating behavior through these diets can have the potential to turn into a form of compulsion, you really should know this information up front. When you become too preoccupied with losing weight and dieting, you become more vulnerable to developing an eating disorder. It is not the diet itself that leads to the eating disorder but the behaviors that result from the diet that is an important factor.

Particularly concerned, Sandra Kim Leong shares her tips and thoughts about eating disorders on her site. Read her posts and gain access to her free report “21 Facts About Eating Disorders That You Should Know About” when you visit

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