Yoram Yasur Abt: Megarexia: the eating disorder that is affecting the life of many

Unfortunately, there are various eating disorders that affect a large number of people, mainly women. These sufferings have something in common: those who suffer have a distorted view of their body, they do not perceive it as it really is.

Yoram Yasur Abt: “Although anorexia and bulimia are the most known eating disorders, there is another condition called megarexia. The people who suffer from it consider that their weight is adequate and their body looks thin, even if they are obese”.

Those who live with megarexia are convinced that their figure has the ideal weight and proportions and that they have a healthy appearance (even some people with megarexia can confuse overweight with force, believing that it is muscle mass), to the extent that Refuse to exercise and eat a healthy diet. On the contrary, they consume large amounts of food, most of them saturated with fats and calories, because they are sure that it will not make them gain weight, since when they look at themselves in the mirror they see a thin body.

Marina Díaz Marsá, director of the Eating Disorders Unit at Hospital Clínico in Madrid, explained to the media that people suffering from megarexia have a distortion in their body schema, causing them to see themselves as thin and Healthy, without realizing that they are overweight or obese.

Yoram Yasur Abt: “In addition to being overweight or obese, the intake of foods with so-called empty calories, that is, they do not contribute nutrients (such as box bread, fried foods, fast food, soda, etc.), causes other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.”

Because this eating disorder is little known, exact numbers of how many people are not. However, it is estimated that a significant percentage of the world’s 500 million people with obesity may be undiagnosed megarexes.

In the medical literature, it is also possible to find this condition as “fatorexia”. The term “fatorexia” comes from “fat”, which is ‘fat’ in English and ‘orexis’, which means ‘appetite’.

Some of the symptoms of megarexia are:

Avoid looking at full body mirrors

Do not know how much you weigh exactly

Wearing loose-fitting clothing and make sure all the clothes fit well

Ensuring that people exaggerate by telling you that you have a problem with your weight or your diet

Believing that scales are broken down when they mark your actual weigh

The treatment for megarexia or fatorexia consists of a psychological therapy so that the person learns to know his body and accepts it as it is, in addition to a balanced diet that allows him to have an adequate weight and improve his health.

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