The Three Main Types Of Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders The three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating, are complex pschyatriac disorders. The classification and diagnosis of each disorder is challenging because diagnostic symptoms and behaviours overlap. These disorders consist of various biological, psychological and sociological factors. They frequently coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. (ANAD) Eating disorders are commonly associated with young women, however up to 24 million people of all ages, genders and ethnicity suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.
Classification and Diagnosis Classification and diagnosis of eating disorders becomes difficult considering symptoms and behaviors such as extreme dietary restraint, and ideas involving weight and shape can be present in all forms. Restrictive behaviors common to anorexia and bulimia include: strict rules about eating, prolonged fasting, little variety in foods, and secret eating Anorexia nervosa is characterized by: extreme thinness, food restriction, self-starvation, and avoidance of social eating. People with anorexia see themselves as overweight, although they may be thin and malnourished from starving themselves. A person with anorexia is likely to have a distorted body image, fear of gaining weight, obsessive thoughts about food or weight, and denial of the seriousness of the weight loss. Restrictive type anorexic individuals will severely…
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