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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Eating Behavior Disorder is the term used for a group of serious mental illnesses that lead individuals to compromise their physical and mental health due to a problematic relationship with weight, body image, diet and certain foods. These disorders can sometimes be life threatening.

 

A problematic relationship with food or body image can manifest itself in the form of binge eating, purging, food restriction, motivated exercise, and a host of other issues related to food or body image. Disorders in eating behavior can thus take various forms, including the following

Anorexia

Bulimia

It is characterized by periods of binge eating, often followed by various ways of compensating for the binge, such as self-induced vomiting, guided exercise, or other behaviors. Individuals living with bulimia base their understanding of self-esteem on their weight or body image.

Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa restrict caloric intake due to intense fear of gaining weight. Calorie restriction results in significant weight loss as well as other negative health consequences. Some individuals with anorexia also engage in compensatory behaviors such as excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, and use of diuretics. Anorexia can, in some cases, result in death. Affected individuals have a distorted body image and perceive themselves to be overweight despite their dangerously low weight.

Compulsive Eating

Emotional Eating

Using food every now and then as a prize, a reward, or to celebrate is not necessarily a bad thing. But when emotional eating is your main coping mechanism; when their first impulse is to open the fridge whenever they are upset, irritated, lonely, stressed, exhausted, the individual ends up stuck in a sick cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.

It is characterized by periods of binge eating. Unlike bulimia, those who suffer from binge eating generally do not attempt to purge after binge eating. They can therefore significantly increase their weight and suffer the disastrous health consequences. Depression, shame and low self-esteem are also often associated with binge eating.

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