Yoga was developed up to 5,000 years ago in India as a comprehensive system for well-being on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. However, it has become more popular in last few years. But does it have specific benefits for patients with eating disorders? To understand more about it, HealthWire spoke to Ms. Deepti Khatuja, Head – clinical Nutritionist Fortis Memorial Research Institute.
According to Khatuja, eating disorders are one of the most common Psychological / psychosomatic disorders that cause many problems for physical health, mental functioning and quality of life. “Eating disorder is identified by severe chaotic eating behaviors and includes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorder can affect people of various ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, religion, sexes, and genders,” she said.
Yoga essentially means connectivity and continuity. Through mind and body based techniques, yoga can be effective in the achievement of therapy goals in feeding and eating patients. In today’s time, Yoga is becoming widely suggested as a way to address eating disorder symptoms and correlates, as well as the risk, protective, and maintenance variables linked to Eating disorders etiology.
“As per researches, eating disorders are caused by emotional disorders and stress and, essentially, by subjective methods. Many people achieve relaxation of body, soul and mind balance with yoga. This practice makes it more possible to fight eating disorders. Yoga also creates self-confidence and a positive feeling about one’s body and appearance. Yoga has a holistic attitude towards human beings and provides different, continuous and simple techniques for human’s health, development, preparations and balance and is thus effective in improving nutrition and eating disorders,” she said.
Although the exact phenomenon by which yoga helps in minimizing eating disorders/ symptoms of it is still in very early stages and more and more research is needed in this field. However, Yoga has lot of other beneficial effects on the human health both physical and mental health aspects. Thus practicing yoga on regular basis not just helps in physical and mental wellbeing but is also used as therapy for various problems/ disorders etc.