Eating Disorders: Types, Differences, and Treatment

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Typically these disorders involve eating extremely small amounts of food, no food at all, or overeating severely. An eating disorder may begin as a desire for weight loss or physical attractiveness but somehow in some people this desire gets out of control. A person who develops an eating disorder may have started by eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but then the urge to eat more or eat less became uncontrollable at some point. Marked distress or over concern about one's weight or body shape also often typifies an eating disorder (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2011). Most eating disorders develop during the teens or during early adulthood; however, these disorders can develop between childhood up through later adulthood (Sadock & Sadock, 2007). Each year millions of people are affected by varying types of eating disorders, many of whom go untreated. In certain cases these disorders can become life-threatening. The major eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating (compulsive eating), and pica. These disorders affect people from different age groups, social economic statuses (SES), adults, and children (American Psychiatric…
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