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What are the different types of eating disorders?

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Eating disorders are a group of conditions marked by an unhealthy relationship with food. There are three main types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia nervosa. This is characterized by weight loss often because of excessive dieting and exercise, sometimes to the point of starvation. People with anorexia feel they can never be thin enough and continue to see themselves as “fat” despite extreme weight loss.
  • Bulimia nervosa. The condition is marked by cycles of extreme overeating, known as bingeing, followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for the overeating. It is also associated with feelings of loss of control about eating.
  • Binge eating disorder. This is characterized by regular episodes of extreme overeating and feelings of loss of control about eating.

From: Signs of an Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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 August 17, 2017

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 August 17, 2017

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