Body mass index is used to calculate how healthful one’s weight is. There is a place to input weight, and one to input height, You can calculate your BMI here

These are the BMI categories:

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Please understand that this test isn’t very comprehensive.

  • I was told by a woman whom earned her degree in nutrition from an Ivy League college, that BMI isn’t the all-knowing measure that many take it to be.

For example, I used to weight 245 pounds. Then I ballooned to 280 pounds. Now I’m down to 240. But, as opposed to in the past, I now work out heavily. So, since muscle weighs more than fat, my past 245 pounds doesn’t well-compare to my current 240 pounds.

I’m technically obese, but if much of my muscle turned to fat, I likely wouldn’t be.

If you think you might have an eating disorder, and/or are feel powerlessly obese, after reading through the literature, please understand that you need to find a professional to express your worries to.

We’ll now turn to officially established eating disorders. Eating disorders come from people escaping reality too much by their eating habits. These diseases are no less addictive, and damaging, than drugs of abuse, just as obesity.

10,000,000 females and 1,000,000 males in the United States suffer from an eating disorder.

Eating is an action largely controlled by the hypothalamus, which regulates hormonal activity through messages to the pituitary gland, which in turn releases various hormones into the bloodstream. It controls two competing pathways, dubbed appetite-stimualting, and appetite-supressing

Generally speaking, eating disorders tend to crop up most around the age range of 18-21. Other risk factors include adopting the major cultural aspects of one’s country, being overweight, and belonging to a high social class.

Interestingly, the main contributing factor to eating disorders is not biological, or psychological, but sociocultural. In essence, want of status, and ideas of what a worthwhile person looks like, push people to adopt unhealthy eating habits.

Oftentimes, an eating disorder stars with seemingly harmless habits to remain thin. People with eating disorders falsely believe that thinner=happier. This fallacy is in large part perpetuated by the culture surrounding us, telling us how to look, oftentimes at the expense of our health. It can be easy to slip into obsession of our shape and weight, one that is always dissatisfied, and which consequences makes us ill in mind, body, and spirit alike.

  • Bulimia nervosa (known as bulimia)
    • Consuming food, then intentionally passing it before it’s ingested
    • One binges on a lot of food in a small amount of time, rich in
      • Fat
      • Sugar
      • Salt
      • Carbs
    • The food is eliminated before the body absorbs the calories, called purging
      • Self-induced vomiting
      • Inducing diarrhea
    • Some exercise or fast excessively between binges
    • Acid from vomiting
      • Damages the teeth
      • Puffs the face up
    • Inadequate electrolytes can cause
      • Kidney failure
      • Heart failure
      • Seizures
    • Chronic use of diuretics can lead to
      • Severe constipation
      • Permanent damage to one’s gastrointestinal tract
    • It usually starts between 18 and 21 years of age, but can begin as early as ten
    • Many people suffering from bulimia have as
      • Anxiety disorder
      • To lesser extent
        • Substance abuse
        • Depression

  • Anorexia nervosa (known is anorexia)
    • Trying to become ever thinner
    • Constant fear of obesity, despite low weight
    • Starving oneself of necessary calories
    • No satisfaction with gaining weight or staying the same weight, only losing weight
      • Even when dangerously thin
    • Frequently, people with anorexia exercise more than is healthy
    • Puts one at great risk for
      • Kidney failure
      • The heart giving out
    • Oftentimes, anorexics
      • Are very sensitive to cold
      • Have dry skin
      • Have brittle nails
      • Lose their menstrual cycle
    • It is not altogether uncommon for the disease to begin at 15 years of age
      • On average, the disease begins in those between 18 and 21
    • After a significant period of time, untreated, this disorder kills about 20% of its population
      • Of the major mental illnesses, it has the highest mortality rate
    • The restricting type severely limit caloric ingestion
    • The binge-eating-purging-type purge, but smaller amounts of food, and more frequently than, those suffering from bulimia
    • Commonly, those with anorexia suffer from depression and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Binge-eating disorder
    • The individual eats a lot of food in a very short amount of time, but does not purge
    • Males are more likely than females to be afflicted
    • This eating disorder is more treatable than the other ones
    • About 50% of those who are offered surgery to correct severe obesity, are binge eaters
    • One third of people with binge-eating disorder do so to raise their mood

NationalEatingDisorders.org (NEDA) is a great online resource.

Again, if you, or anyone else, think that they weigh and unhealthy amount (whether too little or too much), calculate your body mass index. It’s not the end-all be-all method to determine a healthy weight.

Sources: Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, https://www.psychologytoday.com