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What are the different types of eating disorders?

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There are three main types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia feel they can never be thin enough and continue to see themselves as “fat” despite extreme weight loss.
  • Bulimia nervosa. The is marked by cycles of extreme overeating, known as bingeing, followed by purging or other behaviors to make up for overeating.
  • Binge eating disorder. This is regular episodes of extreme overeating and feelings of loss of control about eating.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

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