Why We Should Not Ignore Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders are Uncomfortable, but Muslims can’t ignore the Reality of this Mental Illness.
Eating Disorders don’t get Headlines in Muslim world, but they are a real crisis. Ignoring Eating Disorders in Muslim world, won’t make it go Away. Crow and colleagues found that crude mortality rates were 4.0% for anorexia nervosa, 3.9% for bulimia nervosa, and 5.2% for eating disorder not otherwise specified. They also found a high suicide rate in bulimia nervosa. This year I have stepped up my Campaign to raise further awareness of this deathly disorder. I know early treatment can lead to a better outcome. I know Eating Disorders can be defeated because Allah says: “There’s a cure for every disease except death.”
I am Grateful to Theresa Khalil from Croatia for Making this Video to Raise Awareness of Eating Disorders in Arab World. The Video is in Arabic. Please Take out One Minute to Watch it. Visit her Website Theresa Khalil
DO NOT IGNORE EATING DISORDERS
Ignoring Eating Disorders is the same as ignoring any health problem. The problem can get worse while making life more and more difficult. In the same way a broken arm needs setting, an eating disorder requires combination of treatments in order to keep the problem from becoming worse.
Eating Disorders can have serious effects on person’s quality of life. The condition may make work and school difficult, cause people to turn to dangerous behaviors, and make it harder for people to take care of their health. Sufferers deserve to feel better and more involved with their lives. Family members deserve to see their loved ones begin to appreciate life more.
Eating Disorder can impact enormously on the individual’s physical well being – the changes in diet, sleep and activity levels can result in individual being less well nourished, exhausted and overly or less active than usual. Combined with ongoing depression and high levels of anxiety this will in turn reduce the body’s immunity and ability to fight infection.
Ignoring it will not make it go away. The symptoms may wax and wane, but the only way to make eating disorder change for the better is to change behavior, reactions and thought patterns for the better.
No one can help if sufferer continues to ignore their symptoms and do not tell loved ones they are struggling. No one is expected to go through an illness like cancer quietly and alone. Why should a person suffer a mental health disorder alone?
Ignoring eating disorder is mistreating oneself, invariably causing harm to oneself. It is not permissible to a Muslim to expose himself to the risk of illness or injury in any way or form. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “No believer may humiliate himself’. When he was asked how any person would humiliate himself, he said: “By exposing himself to risks with which he cannot cope”. A man runs the risk of illness or injury if he leaves himself exposed to their causes, or by not taking the necessary precautions to prevent them, or by not taking proper care of his health. Islam f has given us the necessary directives to steer away from all such risks, making it a duty of every Muslim.
– By teaching them to treat themselves well- inside and out,
– By building their self esteem and encouraging them to go out and do things, engage more and learn to think and act positively.
Sufferers What Can They Do?
Instead of ignoring eating disorder symptoms sufferers should tell friends and family, reaching out for comfort and taking the steps that will inevitably lead to a brighter, happier life. The sooner eating disorder is treated, the better the prognosis.
Seeking Professional Help is Must
According to BEAT: It is usually very difficult for people with eating disorders to get better on their own. It is important that you find professional help and support as soon as possible.
Eating Disorders prevail in secrecy. Eating Disorder signs are easy to miss. Many people, even healthcare professionals, can miss the signs of eating disorder, despite the fact that more and more people each year are diagnosed with the disorder. To learn more about Eating Disorder Symptoms, Signs visit: NEDA
Lets Support People With Eating Disorders: Don’t Ignore It!
Help a Loved One with Eating Disorder: Encourage the person to get help ASAP. Indeed Shifa is with Allah.