Eating Disorders, Addiction, and Weight Problems

Eating Disorders, Addiction, and Weight ProblemsWhenever an addiction is present, there can be a variety of different consequences that can impact a user’s overall health. For some, their weight often becomes an issue, as the substances they are abusing can affect both their metabolism and their appetite.

Effects of Addiction on Body Weight

Depending on the substance, a user’s body weight can fluctuate in ways that can quickly become detrimental to their health. While some substances cause weight gain, others can cause weight loss, both resulting in a major change in a user that can spark an eating disorder. Some of the drugs that are directly related to impacting a user’s weight include:

  • Cocaine – Cocaine is a stimulant that speeds up the user’s metabolism. Therefore, almost as soon as a user ingests food, their body is already breaking it down and preparing to expel it. Cocaine can also make a user distracted from wanting to eat, thus perpetuating eating behaviors similar to that of an anorexic. Other stimulants such as Adderall can also produce similar effects when abused.
  • Beer and alcohol – Both beer and alcohol are notorious for their high calorie content, which when abused can cause a person to begin gaining weight (hence the term “beer belly”). Alcohol can also lower inhibitions to a point where a person chooses to overeat out of impulsivity, which can also increase their weight gain. Even though most eating disorders center on losing weight, some disorders are fueled by compulsive eating, which can develop as a result of long-term alcoholism. There is also potential for people to begin purging their alcohol and their food after a night of binging in response to feeling guilty about what they consumed the night before. This often leads to bulimic behaviors.

In addition to stimulants such as cocaine and Adderall as well as beer and alcohol, sedatives can also impact a person’s ability to crave food and/or process it in a timely manner. Because sedatives make a user drowsy, chances are they are sleeping through the majority of their day rather than eating healthy meals.

Getting Treatment

Because the abuse of certain substances can deeply impact a person’s diet and metabolism, it is possible that he might continue detrimental behaviors that lead to the development of an eating disorder. Replacing one addiction with another is highly dangerous, so seeking treatment is the best option to prevent co-existing addictions.

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