- How can I get life insurance when I have an eating disorder?
- June 10, 2013
By Emily Miller
Children are impressionable. They absorb the world around them and depending on the messages they receive, those messages can have a devastating affect on their self-esteem. Not surprisingly, when it comes to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating, the problem often starts when children reach puberty.
If left untreated, it is not uncommon for an eating disorder to follow adolescents well into their late teens and early adulthood, according to a non-profit support and prevention group for people suffering from an eating disorder, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA),
A person with an eating disorder has a distorted view of their body image which develops into an obsessive fear of gaining weight. In order to avoid becoming obese or fat, they engage in starvation rituals that result in dangerously low body weight.
Individuals with eating disorders have many methods of losing weight; they binge eat, purge food through vomiting, abuse diuretics or diet pills, and exercise excessively. All of these methods can have a dramatic impact on their future health.
It was once thought that women were at the highest risk for acquiring an eating disorder, but it’s a problem for men as well. NEDA reported that nearly 20 million females and 10 million males are currently suffering from an eating disorder.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), reports that one in three people who diet regularly, are at a greater risk of developing an eating disorder.
Data published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in April 2009, showed that eating disorder-related hospitalizations for adults of both genders have increased 18 percent, while less common eating disorders rose 38 percent from 1999 to 2006.Pages: 1 2 3
If you have an eating disorder while applying for life insurance, you may face some complications of getting some or any life insurance. The impact an eating disorder has on the body can be devastating, which is why insurers cast a wary eye on people who have had a history of eating disorders.
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