The Harms of Eating Disorders Industry
First published in May 2022 - Last edited in June 2022 by Luka Tunjic. © All rights reserved.
At first, the background for eating disorder treatments was, "a calorie is a calorie". At that time, people involved in the eating disorder industry didn't know that metabolic waste - faeces, urine, sweat, exhaled breath, etc. have calories.
Like the academics in the weight loss industry, people in the eating disorder industry believe that every single calorie in food uptake, if not spent on basal metabolism or burned through physical activity, will be converted to fat mass. They didn't question any model of obesity, like "a Calorie is a calorie" or Calories In Calories Out - Energy Balance Model (EBM)", the Carbohydrates Insulin Model of Obesity (CIM), etc. Note: When the weight-loss professionals, obesity researchers, and academics involved in obesity research realised that metabolic waste (faeces, urine, sweat, breath, etc., contains calories), they abandoned the model "A calorie is a calorie" and replaced it with the new model called the Energy Balance Model of obesity (EBM). The Energy Balance Model of Obesity (EBM) is widely known as "Calories In, Calories Out". At the same time, the Carbohydrates Insulin Model of Obesity (CIM) is introduced, a kind of supplement to the Energy Balance Model of Obesity (EBM) - Calories In, Calories Out.
The NHS website's answer to the question "what causes eating disorders" is "we don't know what causes eating disorders." ... "Eating disorders are attributed to factors like body image distortion (BID), biological factors, a desire for perfection, rarely being satisfied with what you've done, being very critical of yourself, being overly competitive about things, etc.."
The official view about the cause of eating disorders is wrong and is born out of eating disorders specialists thrust on theories like, "A calorie is a calorie", Calories In - Calories Out (Energy Balance Model), Carbohydrates Insulin Model of Obesity (CIM), etc.
Eating disorders professionals are reluctant to face the fact that eating disorders were almost nonexistent before pseudoscience of weight gain/weight loss took the foothold.
Academics researching and treating eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) are reluctant to admit that fear of gaining unwanted body weight and the pseudoscience of weight gain/weight loss is causing eating disorders.
Guided by pseudosciences like "Calorie is a calorie" and "Calories In - Calories Out, " also known as Energy Balance, every underweight person is diagnosed/labelled as anorexic or bulimic, and everyone who is overweight or obese is diagnosed/labelled with a binge eating disorder. Thus, every underweight person is labelled as (undereater) and at the same time as mentally ill/diagnosed. And every overweight and/or obese person is as (overeater) sick mentally labelled/diagnosed.
Every underweight person is diagnosed/labelled as anorexic or bulimic, and everyone who is overweight or obese is diagnosed/labelled with a binge eating disorder. If someone is of average weight, overweight or obese, he can't be diagnosed with anorexia. They can only be diagnosed with atypical anorexia because it is the eating disorder professionals believe obese people purge after overeating.
Apart from rare examples of anorexia (medieval saints), anorexia was unheard of before pseudoscience of weight gain/weight loss took the foothold.
An even more straightforward example is diabulimia. Diabetes type 1 with disordered eating (T1DE) or diabulimia is an eating disorder that only affects people with type 1 diabetes. It's when someone reduces or stops taking their insulin to lose weight.
Two fundamental flaws undermine the current understanding (official science) of body weight management, obesity treatment, obesity prevention, and all other issues related to body weight management.
The first flaw is that weight loss professionals didn't know that some calories in food uptake, body waste through metabolic waste (faeces, urine, sweat, breath, etc.). (Since 2002, the academic community involved in obesity research has begun to realise that metabolic waste contains calories, but they are silent about it, pretending they always knew that to hide colossal embarrassment.)
The second flaw is that body weight is about calories and energy. For over one hundred years, academics have believed that human body weight gain happens because some food uptake by the human body converts to fat mass as energy. At the same time, they believed that body weight loss happens because the human body burns its body mass-fat mass. (Apart from a few unverified reports of spontaneous human combustion, a burning process of body mass never happens.)
Food like water and air nourishes the body. (in the human body, a burning process of food, water and air doesn't happen ).
The more a person inhales, the more he exhales.
The more a person drinks, the more he urinates.
The more a person eats, the more he excretes.
a) Eating more doesn't cause weight gain. (In many cases, increased food uptake is associated with weight gain but in many cases is not. Some people can eat whatever they want and how much they like without experiencing any weight gain.) Until recently, most of the world's population was of average weight, and obesity was virtually unheard of among children. At the same time, dieting for weight loss was unheard of for most of the world's population, and they used every occasion to enjoy food. The fear of obesity didn't exist at that time.
b) Eating less doesn't cause weight loss. (In some cases, a decrease in food uptake is associated with weight loss, but in any case, it is not.
In some cases, decreasing food intake doesn't cause weight loss. (when a person eats less, he excretes less.
In some cases, a reduction in food intake is associated with weight gain despite no changes in physical activity.
Severe restriction or an absence of food intake doesn't cause weight loss in everyone affected. Some lose weight, and some lose life without losing body weight.
The author's book (Mechanical Stimulation Low-Grade Inflammation Weight Gain: Muscles Upward Lifting Activity Weight Loss) extensively explains the biological basis of body weight gain, weight loss, and the mechanisms of body mass distribution.