Taking a Look at Eating Disorders

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Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are the most common types. Others are binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified.
• Anorexia nervosa (AN),
• Bulimia nervosa (BN),
• Eating disorders not otherwise specified
• Binge eating disorder (BED) or 'compulsive overeating',
• Pica
The two most common types, Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are described below:
Anorexia Nervosa:
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disorder with severe physiological consequences, characterized by the inability or refusal to maintain a minimally normal weight. Patients have a profoundly disturbed body image as well as an intense fear of weight gain despite being moderately to severely underweight.
Diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa include the following:
• Restriction of energy intake relative to requirements, leading to a significantly low bodyweight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health.
• Significantly low weight is defined as a weight that is less than minimally normal or, for children and adolescents, less than that minimally expected.
• Intense fear of gaining weight or of becoming fat, or persistent behavior that interferes with weight gain, even though at a significantly low…
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