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
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Binge-eatingpurge type anorexic individuals individuals that lose control eat something they feel they should not have eaten. With the fear of gaining weight, they may vomit or exercise. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by: eating ecxessive amounts of food in a short time (binge eating) and then purging by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics. Bulimic behavior is done secretly, because it is often accompanied by feelings of disgust, shame and guilt. Like people with anorexia, they often fear gaining weight, desperately want to lose weight, and are unhappy with their body image. However a bulimic individual may have normal weight with large swings in weight. The binging and purging cycle usually repeats several times a week. Similar to anorexia, people with bulimia often have coexisting psychological illnesses, such as depression, anxiety and/or substance abuse problems. More common than Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder occurs in 1>35 adults in the U.S. People with binge-eating disorder binge but do not purge, and they often become overweight or obese. With binge-eating disorder a person loses control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder are often over-weight or obese. They also experience guilt, shame, and distress about their
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