Types of Eating Disorders and How to Recognize Them

Eating disorders and other eating problems can be a very sensitive topic for people. Not only because it makes us feel ashamed, but because of the ideas we have in our heads about what healthy people look like. There are many factors that contribute to a person developing a problem with their relationship to food. Today, we would like to highlight the main problems and what signs to look for.

Anorexia Nervosa – We have all heard of this one and many of us probably know someone who suffers from anorexia. Changes in behavior like eating much less and much too little or an unnatural or excessive fear of gaining weight can be signs that your friend or a family member has or is developing this disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa – This disorder is characterized by binge-eating episodes after which the person does things to prevent weight gain, for example, self-induced vomiting. The person feels out of control during the binge-eating. A self-esteem that is very much dependent on body image can be a sign that a person has either bulimia or anorexia.

Binge Eating Disorder – This is characterized by eating large amounts of foods (like with bulimia) but there is no attempt to prevent weight gain. There is also a feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episode and the person tends to feel shame and guilt afterwards. Signs to look out for as well include eating when not hungry or eating to a point of discomfort.

These are the three main eating disorders that can be diagnosed. There are, however, other types of eating problems that cannot necessarily be diagnosed but has related symptoms. If a person has an unhealthy or strange relationship with food and eating, it is useful to get some help to determine if there is a major problem. Eating disorders and other eating problems can be very detrimental to a person’s health.


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