Types and signs of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by individuals greatly restricting food intake caused by an ongoing pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a healthy weight, disturbed eating behavior and distortion of body image. Many people who suffer from anorexia see themselves as overweight even though they may be abnormally thin or malnourished.

Signs of Anorexia Nervosa:

Source: ANAD.org

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa, often referred to as bulimia, is characterized by eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time (binging) followed by preventative measures of gaining weight through purging. Purging is most often accomplished by forced vomiting or taking laxatives but can also be done through exercise or diuretics.

Those affected by bulimia feel as though they cannot control the amount of food they eat.

One of the dangerous aspects of those with bulimia is that they can fall within the normal range for height and weight but may be severely malnourished.

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa: Bulimia may or may not have apparent signs but the person may be thin, overweight or even have a normal weight. Bulimic behavior, such as purging, is often done privately because of the shame or disgust the individual is feeling, which makes it hard to tell if someone has bulimia.

Signs of purging:

For more information on bulimia visit WomensHealth.gov

Source: WomensHealth.gov

Binge-Eating Disorder

Binge-Eating Disorder is characterized by recurring episodes of excessive eating and feeling guilt and shame after the period of binging.

One of the most common eating disorders in the United States it affects an estimated 3.5% of women and 2% of men with with no significant variation due to age, races, and levels of income or education.

Signs of Binge-Eating Disorder: While binge eating is mostly done alone because of shame or embarrassment, here are some of the common signs:

Find more resources and information through the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) at www.bedaonline.com.

Source: BEDA

© 2015 Avalon Hills Foundation