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Is Your Body building supplements Signaling Eating Disorder

Published:23 Mar, 2017     By: Tanisha Shah     3 min read

Fitness supplements are being marketed to the athletic audience very aggressively and in exactly the same manner as the diet products are being marketed to the general public. Recently there has been a great emphasis on male appearance, which has lead into many men coming forward with eating disorders than ever.


supplements Signaling Eating Disorder

A sneak peek in the pantry of anyone working out to build their body, you will find at least some sort of legal supplement such as whey protein or creatine. Around half of adults take one or more supplements based on the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Excessive use of supplements can be indication of emerging problem

Though it is assumed that most of the people take it responsibly, excessive use of body-building supplements may be an emerging problem and could be signal to an emerging eating disorder.

New research has found that taking too much of whey protein powder, caffeine or creatine could be sign of an eating disorder. This is an emerging problem among many fit men.

According to Richard Achiro from Alliant International University, Los Angeles, many people conscious about building their body who are driven by psychological factors to attain a level of physical or masculine perfection resort to taking drugs and supplements in manner that is excessive and demonstrate traits similar to variant of disordered eating.

Use of supplements increases over time

The study comprised of 195 men aged between 18-65 who have consumed over-the-counter body building supplement or performance enhancing supplements like whey protein, L-cartinine or creatine in the last 30 days. These men have also admitted that they work out for fitness or appearance at least twice a week.

It was found in the study that over 40% of the participant indicated that their use of supplement had increased over time, while at least 22% of them replaced their regular meals with dietary supplements that were not intended to be meal replacement. Achiro also noted that the most alarming thing is that 29% of the men said they were actually concerned about their own use of supplement.

No legal supplements are inherently dangerous

In an ideal situation when legal fitness supplements are taken as directed, are safe. According to weight loss and obesity specialist, Charls Seltzer, MD, there are no legal supplements that are inherently dangerous provided there is no pre-existing condition.

However there are certain workout supplements that can get harmful for people with specific health conditions such as very high dose of caffeine, which is commonly used for boosting performance, can get dangerous for people with high blood pressure, micro vascular disease and kidney disease.

    High protein diets may cause liver or kidney disease

    High protein diets can pose problem among people with liver or kidney disease. It is always advisable to work with doctor if you are considering workout supplements.

    According to Leigh Cohn from National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), use of supplements and excessive exercise are indication of eating disorders. Overusing bodybuilding supplements is closely associated with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Some people suffering from BDD may sees their body parts as being too small or too undeveloped.

    Weightlifters use supplements in same way as people with eating disorders use diet pill

    The basic obsessive natures of these behaviors are much related. Supplements are used by weightlifters with BDD in the same way that diet pills are used by people with eating disorders. Fitness supplements are being marketed to the athletic audience very aggressively and in exactly the same manner as the diet products are being marketed to the general public.

    Recently there has been a great emphasis on male appearance, which has lead into many men coming forward with eating disorders than ever.



      About Author:

      Tanisha is a content evangelist at FitYouWow! Given the age and time we are living, most of us live a very busy lifestyle where it’s very difficult to make time for gym and cook healthy food at home. She guides the time of journalist on producing articles that help busy people including busy moms and high performing executives to schedule and balance their responsibility and still find time to work out and eat healthy homemade food. Say hello to her at @fityouwow twitter




      Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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