Eating Disorders: How it is Linked to Alcoholism

Eating Disorders: How it is Linked to Alcoholism

Eating disorders are difficult to manage and overcome. People that enter into a treatment center with an eating disorder and alcoholism are said to have a dual diagnosis.  An eating disorder is something that most people cannot handle on their own.  If not treated, you could actually die.  There are a few extreme cases in which women and men have starved themselves to death because they thought that they looked fat.  It is not uncommon to hear of a person weighing only 80 lbs. when they have a disorder like this.  Sometimes, people with eating disorders are obese.  They simply cannot stop eating and often weigh over 400 lbs.  When alcoholism is combined with this lifestyle, you can damage your vital organs such as your kidneys, heart and liver.

Addicts often share different addictions.  It is not uncommon to have a dual diagnosis.  An eating disorder is no different than having bi-polar disorder and alcoholism.  When you have multiple disorders going on, it is important to address them individually.  The different types of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Bing Eating Disorder

When there is alcoholism involved with an eating disorder, the psychological effects must be treated as well.  People often overeat or refuse to eat because of underlying issues.  It has been found that people that have been molested are often using drugs or having some type of an eating disorder.

Some celebrities have battled eating disorders, psychological disorders and addiction.  Some of these celebrities are:

  • Demi Lovato – We all love her powerful singing voice, but she has had to battle bulimia and bi-polar disorder.
  • Kesha – She had to check into a rehab for bulimia.
  • Lindsay Lohan – She told told Vanity Fair that she battled bulimia in her life.  It was a scary situation for her.  Her family, friends and loved ones told her to get help or else she could die.  Thank goodness for the help of family and friends when we are having life threatening issues.
  • Troian Bellisario – Had anorexia.
  • Lady Gaga – Battled anorexia and bulimia.
  • Kelly Clarkson – Once suffered from Bulimia.
  • Katharine McPhee – Suffered from Bulimia.

Celebrities that allow their stories of addiction to be heard are powerful voices for people trying to overcome addiction themselves. This is mainly because most people are silent about drug addiction, alcoholism and eating disorders. It is a topic that most families and addicts don’t like discussing for various reasons. If you know someone that has an addiction, it is best to tell them to confront their issue and not hide from it.  It can often be a matter of life and death.

People that struggle with an eating disorder often want to mask the problem by drinking alcohol.  They often forget their troubles for a while by resorting to alcoholism.  They often feel ashamed of their eating disorder and would rather not talk about it.  Until the issue is confronted, it is very difficult to deal with a disorder.












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