Physical Signs Of Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are becoming increasingly common. They mostly affect teenage girls and young women, but men and older women may also suffer from an eating disorder. Anyone with this medical/psychological condition needs to be treated as early as possible to prevent serious health complications. Early detection and treatment can literally save lives.

There are certain signs and symptoms which could indicate if a person has an eating disorder. If you observe these on your own, or in someone you know, there’s a chance that you or that person may need professional help. Speak with your parents, a wellness counselor, or an adult you trust to help you get properly assessed and diagnosed, and when needed, treated.

Physical signs and symptoms

Noticeable weight loss (for people suffering from anorexia nervosa)
Weight fluctuations (for individuals with bulimia nervosa). The weight can move up and down, or it may be within the normal range.
Intolerance to cold. The person feels cold easily.
Frequent experience of abdominal pain, constipation, acid reflux and other digestive issues
Feeling dizzy and sometimes fainting
Either lethargy or excess energy, or alternating experiences of these two other states
Irregularities at the menstrual period
Dental issues (for example, cavities, tooth discoloration and tooth sensitivity)
Dry skin, nails and hair. The person may also have thinning hair and brittle nails. She gets the flu and common infections easily.
Swollen salivary glands (across the neck and jaw areas)
Behavioral signs

Dressing in layers or loose clothes to disguise weight loss (and also to stay warm)
A preoccupation with weight loss and dieting. The person is very concerned about food choices and nutritional data (calories, fat content, etc.). She can refuse to eat certain types of food altogether, such as carbs or fats.
Frequently commenting that she’s fat or overweight, even though it is evidently not true
Often saying that she isn’t hungry, including during meal times when she should be hungry
Skipping meals or eating very little during foods
Occasionally binge-eating (eating a large amount of food in a short period of time)
Purging. This is accomplished by going to the bathroom during or after meals, nausea, or using laxatives and diuretics.
Unusual food rituals, such as chewing excessively, not allowing different food items on her plate to touch, and eating only certain food types (for example, veggies and salads only)
Excessive drinking of water or non-caloric beverages
Hoarding of food in unusual places
Excessive exercising
Often looking in the mirror to check her look
Difficulty sleeping or getting a good night’s sleep
Emotional symptoms and signs

Fears eating in public, or feels uncomfortable when eating with others
Prefers to be alone, and withdraws from friends and social events
Has intense mood swings
Has an extreme and ridiculous fear of gaining weight
Has a distorted image of her body
May have poor self-esteem
The presence of these signs and symptoms does not indicate with complete certainty that the person does have an eating disorder. Just a professional medical practitioner can correctly diagnose the illness, so it’s ideal to see one as soon as possible.

 

What’s The Story Behind Lime Jello?

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Radio stars of the 30s and 40s Jack Benny and Lucille Ball were sponsored by the beloved product, and its advertisements dominated early television shows. Who didn’t love that vibrant, jiggly, fun texture and versatility. Little kids delighted in it, adults found it light and refreshing, and older folks enjoyed it as a simple and sweet conclusion to an otherwise bland meal in a nursing home. It was a predictable, comfortable and welcome sites to millions. It soothed young kids at home with measles and graced the food trays of surgery patients as it eased back them into eating solid foods. It was also the basis for tomato aspics and molded salmon mousse. Although it had some limitations because of mobility and temperature, it frequently took center stage at picnics and backyard barbecues. It was like one of the family.

It was released in the late 1800s by an entrepreneur named Pearle Wait and his wife May, who experimented with grinding gelatin to a powder, which was a hydration originally extracted from the cells and hooves of barnyard animals, including flavorings and sugar which generated the very first sweet version of gelatin. After several dismal years, they ran a large ad in the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, hyping the new colorful sweet as”America’s favorite dessert” and the product took off. Inexpensive, easy to make and fun for kids, it became a staple in the American household and continues to this day. It went on to be obtained by several large companies over the years and elegant and marketed as an inexpensive”salad” and dessert.

 

LeRoy, New York is known as its birthplace and has the sole Jell-O Museum in the world, prominently located on the main road through this little town. Jell-O was manufactured there until General Foods closed the plant in 1964 and relocated to Dover, Delaware. According to Kraft foods, the state of Utah eats two times as much lime jello as any other nation (possibly those large Mormon families account for this ). The concept is that Mormons have quite a sweet tooth (they also have the most candy in the country) and when requested to bring a green salad to a dinner, they will show up with lime Jell-O (favorite add-ins include shredded carrots or canned pears).

A hugely popular concoction during the 1950s was a lime jello recipe that featured whipped topping, cottage cheese or cream cheese, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows and walnuts. It often appeared at baby showers, luncheons, church potlucks and buffet dinners, usually shaped by a large mold and trimmed with mayo. U.S. stats tell us 159.72 million Americans consumed flavored gelatin desserts in 2017, but this figure is projected to reduce to 154.07 million in 2020.

Although the younger generation is moving in a different direction and ingestion stats show a decrease in this once beloved staple of American cuisine, it still holds its own at any family gathering. And most of us agree, there’s always room for Jell-O.