You might have heard someone saying “Oh Look, she is so skinny! Definitely, she is an anorexic, probably a model”. There are several different types of eating disorders, and surprisingly not all of them come to cause a fast reduction in weight. They can also come to affect men as well women of the same age. As you might have guessed till now, there is indeed a psychological element embedded in the development of these disorders. Eating disorders are not mental but also physical conditions that come to effectuate the entire body in a more negative way than one can imagine. These disorders can be easily identified in a person suffering from them. So, the focus of this top ten ranking would be to bring forward to your knowledge some of the most bizarre eating disorders. Below is the list of 10 bizarre eating disorders.
This disease is often confused with the symptoms of anorexia, although it is somewhat different from it. The main difference lies in the degrees of rationality these individuals do. In simple words, anorexics are concerned with weight loss, while the Orthorexics are concerned with eating more and more healthy foods.
You might have heard about the induced self-starvation, as same is the case with the people who suffer from this bizarre eating disorder. What’s more important here is that this disorder is now being regarded as one of the most dangerous of them all, primarily due to the number of deaths it has caused. What’s the point in being anorexic when you are unable to live your life the way you want?
Ever imagined eating the hair of any person, especially in your childhood? This eating disorder is marked by the habits of hair consumption at varying levels. People with long hair and suffering from Trichophagia chew down the ends of their hair. In the year 2007, it was reported that an 18 year old girl had a 10 pound hair ball in her stomach. Furthermore, this bizarre habit can indeed lead to gastrointestinal problems.
The habit of eating wood at regular intervals is known as Xylophagia. Similarly, people suffering from this disorder also love to eat paper and pencils as they are also derived from wood. Surprisingly, not only children, but also some adults suffer from this bizarre eating habit.
Who loves to drink ones or another’s urine? Now I am really going to get sick while writing this, as this eating disorder is marked by the habits of eating the urine and even feces of oneself or another person. Although it is quite harmless for our physiological systems, as the urine is more of a sterile nature. But still there are a number of small risks that are linked with Urophagia. The chief risk linked is eating the feces of a person who has genital infections.
At number 5 we have the disorder that is associated with the eating of glass in more or less quantities. Obviously, it is quite dangerous for all the internal systems and can also cause death of a person. This is because of the cuts the glass causes to the stomach, esophagus and to the intestines. A number of cases have been reported not only in the United States, but also in other countries.
How many of you have heard about cannibalism? Most of you might have heard or seen its display in a number of Hollywood movies. Marked by eating the flesh of other humans, this eating disorder has been seen in a number of Amazon Tribes and also in North America. Not to forget some of the Asian tribes who are also engaged in these practices. What’s more bizarre is the eating the flesh of the deceased individuals. A similar case was reported in Pakistan, in which two brothers used to eat the flesh of the dead.
The earth is your mother, but this does not mean that you can start eating it. Geophagy is an eating disorder marked by the habit of eating materials related to the earth like clay and chalk. The people suffering from mineral deficiencies are likely to suffer from this eating habit. More often, it is seen in the schizophrenics or in those who have a sort of mental breakdown. Some of the dieticians assert that it is quite dangerous.
You might have seen this disorder in the some horror movies in which the dead start eating their own flesh. In simple words, this disorder is more like self-cannibalism which starts initially from skin nibbling. In the year 2007, Danish Artist, Marco Evaristti, had decorated a dish with his own meat which was earlier removed in the process of liposuction.
Marked by the consumption of only feces, this disorder has been widely reported in the individuals who do black magic. It also occurs in those who suffer from extreme mental conditions. The risks linked with Coprophagia are Hepatitis A, B, C, E, influenza and pneumonia.