Do you know the signs of an eating disorder? What to look for or how to address it? What if it was your child?
Meet Ciara Carter
Today I chat with the host of Run. Thrive. Survive. podcast host, and mental health professional Ciara Carter who at the young age of 17 had a kind of eating disorder you may not have heard about. She tells us of signs that her body was giving her that the professionals, her parents and even she missed. It almost ended her life and led to a full 180 of really understanding food and the importance of health.
In This Podcast
- The eating disorder you may not know about
- What to look for
- The roll sugar plays
The eating disorder you may not know about
“Weight does not reflect health”
Those numbers going down sure make you feel good for the time being but what happens when you restrict your diet so much that you stop, well….. eating? Ciara over restricted her diet and was spending 4 hours a day at the gym when she was only 17. She looked healthy and strong but her body told another story. Her iron was so low she could have died and she landed herself a hospital bed for about a week while her levels balanced out.
What to look for
- Mood swings and irritability
- Low iron
- Easily winded
- Get a third party opinion, someone not too close to the family but still a friend. They might see something you don’t or don’t want to
It’s hard when your child is going through any type of eating or mental health disorder. You immediately blame yourself and wonder how you went wrong but its almost never something you did. You just didn’t see the signs.
The roll sugar plays
When you look at a label on a package of food you look at calories and carbs right? Who doesn’t? But, you should also be paying attention to the ADDED SUGAR!
“Studies show that corn syrup is more addictive than cocaine”
Processed sugar inhibits memory, creates brain fog and sluggishness. That explains why you’re checked out by the afternoon. What did you have for breakfast? And maybe that sugar filled cereal your child had for breakfast is why they aren’t retaining as much info as they should at school. High sugar also leads to depression and anxiety.
In 2008 a study showed 147 million dollars was spent on healthcare cost for obesity.
The leading cause of death is heart disease and the leading cause of heart disease is obesity. And that brings us back to sugar.
Educate your kids early on making the right food choices and let them make the right choice in their future and their health.
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Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
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