Eating Disorders Awareness

eating disorderIn the United States, about 20 million women and 10 million men are or have in some time during their life, had an eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect almost anyone; they are not limited by gender, age or socio-economic status, but they are often preventable. It is important to promote education regarding eating disorders in order to possibly prevent the onset of and/or recognize whether a you or a loved one has an eating disorder.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders may include extreme behaviors, emotions and attitudes surrounding food and weight issues. Although it isn’t exactly known what causes eating disorders, many suggest that it is a combination of psychological, biological and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are complex, serious and even life-threatening diseases that often begin during adolescence. The quicker it is diagnosed and treatment started, the greater the chance is for recovery. An eating disorder is a serious, but treatable disorder. The most common types of eating disorders include:


Anorexia nervosa most frequently begins during adolescence, but older children and adults are also diagnosed with anorexia. This eating disorder is characterized by weight loss; problems maintain appropriate body weight for height and in many people, a distorted body image. People with anorexia typically restrict the type of food and number of calories they eat. Some individuals with anorexia also exercise compulsively.


Bulimia is a drastic, life-threatening eating disorder that is characterized by cycles of binge eating and compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, which undoes or compensates for the effects of binge eating.

Binge Eating

Binge eating is a extreme and deadly, but completely treatable eating disorder that is characterized by reoccurring episodes of eating extremely large quantities of food, often very quickly. During the binge, there is usually a feeling of loss of control and experiencing shame; the binge is often followed by guilt and may include purging in order to counter the binge eating. This is the most common eating disorder in the United States.

How Eating Disorders Affect the Body

Eating disorders can have an effect on every organ system in your body. It is extremely important to understand the many ways an eating disorder can affect your body. Because muscles are often some of the first organs broken down and your heart is your most important organ, the cardiovascular system is often one of the first and most severely affected systems.

Closely following is an electrolyte imbalance, which frequently occurs as a result of purging by vomiting or laxatives. The electrolyte potassium plays a major role in helping your heart beat and the muscles contract, but purging often leads to depletion of potassium. Electrolyte imbalances can lead to an irregular heartbeat and possibly heart failure and death.

It is extremely important to note that most, if not all eating disorders are preventable and treatable.

Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway.  At Surepoint, you seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival.  No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.

Men’s Heart Health

heart healthHeart disease is the most common cause of death for men in the United States. Heart disease is a term that is used to describe any disorder of the cardiovascular system, which affects your heart’s ability to function correctly. It is basically an “umbrella” term to that includes coronary artery disease, heart failure, angina, arrhythmias and other heart related irregularities and infections. When it comes to heart health, there is never a right or wrong age to start taking care of your heart. Here are a few men’s healthy heart tips to help keep your heart healthy at any age.

Eat a Healthy Diet

One of the most important things that improve men’s heart health is by making smart food choices. Regardless of your age, everyone can benefit from a healthy diet-the food you eat can help to decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. As part of a healthy diet, choose foods that are low in saturated trans fat and sodium and limit your calories by filling up on high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A healthy diet includes limiting sugar-sweetened beverages and eating less fatty meals and more fish, nuts and skinless poultry.

Be Physically Active

Although it’s often easier to be and stay active if you start at a young age; getting physically active is possible at any age. Try to aim for a goal of 30-60 minutes of regular, aerobic exercise for 4-5 days a week. Simple activities, such as walking, biking or jogging are excellent forms of exercise for men’s heart health. The ultimate goal is to additional include two days a week for muscle-strengthening activities that will work on all of the major muscle groups (back, legs, hips, chest, shoulders, abdomen and arms).

Have Regular Wellness Exams

One of the most important things you can do for your heart as well as your overall general health is find a doctor and have regular wellness examinations. It is essential to talk to your physician about your eating habits, lifestyle habits and checking your heart rate, blood pressure and body mass index. The earlier you know where you stand with your numbers, the easier it makes it to identify any possible changes in the future.

Although it seems that something as serious as a heart attack should have warning signs, it is possible to develop cardiovascular disease without knowing it, so it is never too early or too late to learn the warning signs of a heart attack. Although the most common sign of a heart attack in men is chest pain and discomfort, not everyone that has a heart attack will suddenly experience severe chest pain. It is possible to have discomfort that isn’t necessarily painful in areas of your body, such as your jaw, abdomen, arms, neck or back. During a heart attack you may also have nausea, shortness of breath, profuse sweating and/or lightheadedness. Getting smart about men’s heart health early on will put you way ahead of the curve-the things you do and the things you don’t do are the tell-tale signs of a healthy future.

Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway.  At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.

Burns: When to Go to The Emergency Room

BurnsThe majority of scald burns (84%) occur in the home and in children under the age of five, the in-home injury rate increases to 95%. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimate that there are more than 300 children seen in emergency rooms every day. The most common cause of burn injuries to children is scalds from hot liquids. It only takes about two seconds of exposure to water that is 148 degrees F to cause burns that are serious enough for surgery and the majority of these burns are preventable.

Tips to Prevent Scald Burns

Scalds from hot tap water are sometimes the most severe. To prevent the risk of scalding from hot water, set your water heater to 120 degrees F or just below the medium setting. Other prevention tips include:

  • Use the back burners and turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to prevent children from pulling them down.
  • Do not let children near the stove while you are cooking
  • Do not place hot drinks on edge of counters and tables
  • Use a mug with a lid for all of your hot drinks
  • Use a thermometer to test bath water and run hands through the water to check for hot spots
  • Stir and test food that has been cooked in the microwave before serving
  • Never hold or carry a child while you have hot drinks in your hand

When to Go to the Emergency Room

Burn severity depends on how much skin is damaged and the depth of the burn. There are 3 categories of burns:

  • First degree burns do not need to be treated by a healthcare provider. These burns are the least serious type and only the outer layer of skin is involved. There may be some pain, swelling and redness. First-degree burns should be soaked in cool water for about 5 minutes, then apply an antibiotic ointment and wrap in a dry gauze bandage.
  • Second degree burns are more serious and will cause white, red or splotchy skin, pain, swelling and blisters. A second degree burn that is smaller than 3-inches can be treated at home in the same manner as a first degree burn, except the burn should be placed in cool water for 15 minutes. If the burn is larger than 3-inches or it covers the face, feet, hands, groin, buttocks or a major joint, it should be treated as major burn, so you should seek immediate medical attention.
  • A third degree burn is the most serious type of burn. These burns require a call to 9-1-1 and immediate medical attention. With this type of burn all layers of the skin, the underlying fat and sometimes the bone and muscle. Someone with a third degree burn needs to go to the hospital immediately! Do not remove clothing that is stuck to the burn and do not soak the burn or apply ointment. Third degree burn victims may also have problems breathing, carbon monoxide poisoning and/or other toxic effects if there was smoke inhalation along with the burn.
Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway. At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.