It’s shock­ing that in a coun­try tack­ling an obe­sity epi­demic we are also see­ing a rise in eat­ing dis­or­ders. I hope by high­light­ing this prob­lem suf­fer­ers will be able to seek help. Karen, Ed­i­tor

Friday - - Letters - SRUTDI KA­MALAM, DUBAI JAYASHREE KULKA­RNI, ABU DHABI

The ar­ti­cle on eat­ing dis­or­ders was an in­ter­est­ing read (‘The rise of eat­ing dis­or­ders in the UAE’, Septem­ber 12). I was re­ally sur­prised to know that so many teenagers th­ese days suf­fer from prob­lems like anorexia and bu­limia. I hope the fea­ture suc­ceeds in spread­ing aware­ness among ado­les­cents who don’t know that starv­ing them­selves to look skin­nier or binge-eat­ing for sat­is­fac­tion can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences on their men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

I hope those suf­fer­ing from th­ese kinds of dis­or­ders seek pro­fes­sional

Ifound the ar­ti­cle ‘Why we begged doc­tors to give our four-year-old son weight-loss surgery’ (Septem­ber 12) in­for­ma­tive as it high­lighted the im­pact of Prader-Willi syn­drome, a ge­netic disorder that makes the pa­tient feel hun­gry peren­ni­ally.

I was in­cred­i­bly im­pressed that Rishi’s par­ents never gave up hope and en­sured that he got the best treat­ment pos­si­ble so that he is able to walk, run, play and have a good night’s sleep just like any other child.

I hope Rishi grows up to lead a nor­mal, healthy life.

The fea­ture on gen­er­al­ized anx­i­ety disorder and ef­fec­tive ways to con­trol it (‘Are you suf­fer­ing from GAD?’ Septem­ber 12) was very rel­e­vant. Stud­ies have shown peo­ple suf­fer­ing from GAD worry ex­ces­sively and un­con­trol­lably about a wide range of sit­u­a­tions and is­sues and of­ten suf­fer from fa­tigue, sleep de­pri­va­tion and ir­ri­tabil­ity, which can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on their over­all well-be­ing. Worry and anx­i­ety are truly over­whelm­ing.

Though anx­i­ety is wide­spread in to­day’s fast-paced world, one can over­come it with some in­tro­spec­tion and ef­fec­tive med­i­cal treat­ment.

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