What are “fad diets”?
Diets that promise quick weight loss and usually require you to eat specific types of food
Examples of fad diets:
Fit for Life (food combining diet)
Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution (low carbohydrate diet)
Metabolife 356 (diet pills)
Slim Fast (liquid diet)
The weight that you lose is usually water and/or lean muscle rather than body fat.
Some of these diets can be harmful to your health.
They sometimes do not include exercise which is important for healthy living.
They limit your food choices and usually keep you from a balanced diet.
These diets do not offer long-term success, and you usually gain back all the weight you lose.
Psychological disorder that involves a person starving themselves due to
Eating extremely small amounts of food per day
False impression of their own body image
Obsessed with exercise
Damage to the heart
Excessive weight loss
Negatively affects the immune system
Psychological disorder that involves a person overeating (“binging”) followed by the use of laxatives or vomiting to keep from gaining weight
People who suffer from this disorder usually have a false sense of their body image, and they are constantly striving to obtain the “perfect body.”
Tooth decay (from excessive vomiting)
Damage to the kidneys
Best defined by an exercise addict's frame of mind: He or she no longer chooses to exercise but feels compelled to and struggles with guilt/anxiety if he or she doesn't work out.
Exercising takes over the exerciser's life because he or she plans life around it.
Excessive exercise damages tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, and joints
May disrupt the balance of hormones in their bodies.
The combination of anorexia and compulsive exercise can be fatal.