Eating Disorder

Overview

An unhealthy relationship with food is what results in eating disorders. There are three types of eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa :

Excessive dieting and exercising to the point of starvation results in significant weight loss resulting in anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia think they are overweight when in fact they are underweight. When confronted, they will often deny that there is a problem. If you think someone you care about has anorexia, it’s important to have them evaluated by a doctor right away. If left untreated, anorexia can lead to serious complications such as malnutrition and organ failure. However, with treatment, most people with anorexia will gain back the weight they lost, and the physical problems they developed as a result of the anorexia will get better.

Bulimia nervosa :

Extreme overeating and binge eating as a result of feeling of losing control of eating habits.

Binge eating disorder :

Regular episodes of extreme overeating and feeling of losing control of eating habits. Binge eating can lead to obesity and have serious health consequences if not treated. Behavioral weight reduction programs help with weight loss and with controlling the urge to binge eat.

Eating disorders are more common in women and tend to develop during the young adult years. They coexist with psychological and medical issues including depression, anxiety, trouble dealing with emotions and substance abuse.

The behavior can spiral out of control and can take over a person’s life. It is also common for people with eating disorders to mask their unhealthy behavior which makes it difficult to recognize the signs of eating disorders.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder is the first step toward getting help for it. Eating disorders are treatable, and with the right treatment and support, most people with an eating disorder can learn healthy eating habits and get their lives back on track.

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