What are eating disorders?


"Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences."  "[They] include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues."

~ National Eating Disorders Association

Let's bust some myths

Contrary to popular belief...

  • An individual with an eating disorder is NOT necessarily thin; someone can have a life-threatening eating disorder and be any shape or size.
  • Eating disorders affect both women and men.
  • Eating disorders affect people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

 

Types of eating disorders

 

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Symptoms include:

• Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
• Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”
• Feeling “fat” or overweight despite dramatic weight loss

• For women, loss of menstrual periods

For more information, see the National Association of Eating Disorders' page Anorexia Nervosa.

 

BULIMIA NERVOSA is characterized by "binge eating," consuming huge amounts of food at a time, followed by "purging" the food though vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-excercising.

Individuals with bulimia nervosa often are of average body weight.

Symptoms include:

Feeling out of control during a binge, and eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness
• Frequent dieting
• Extreme concern with body weight and shape

• Swelling of the cheeks and jaw

For more information, see the National Association of Eating Disorders' page Bulimia Nervosa.

 

BINGE EATING DISORDERBINGE EATING DISORDERHBINGE EATING DISORDERBINGE EATING DISORDER is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full.

Symptoms include:

• Feeling out of control during a binge
• Eating when not hungry
• While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of  shame or self-hatred after a binge
• People who overeat compulsively may struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness
• Body weight may vary from normal to heavier than average weight

For more information, see the National Association of Eating Disorders' page Binge Eating Disorder.

 

ORTHOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by an unhealthy obsession with "healthy" eating.

Symptoms include:

• Instead of obsession with body shape or size, obsession with how "healthy" one's diet is
• Always thinking about maintaining a "perfect" diet
• Feeling the need to be nutritionally "better" than others

For more information, see the National Association of Eating Disorders' page Orthorexia Nervosa.

 

 DISORDERED EATING/ EATING DISORDERS NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED (EDNOS)

• Can include some combination of the symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and/or binge eating disorder.
• While these behaviors may not be clinically considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they are still physically dangerous and emotionally draining.

For more information, see the National Association of Eating Disorders' page Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified.
 

 

Source: National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

Information in "Types of Eating Disorders" quoted directly or paraphrased from www.nationaleatingdisorders.org's Types & Symptoms of Eating Disorders section. Please see this section for more extensive information on symptoms and warning signs of specific eating disorders.
 

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