Eating disorders are mixtures of unhealthy attitudes and behaviors towards food that have dangerous physical and emotional consequences. If left unchecked, these disorders can be fatal. Both men and women can succumb to them due to various reasons including societal pressure, depression and low self-esteem. Here are some of the common types of eating disorders:
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a severe lack of food intake that inevitably leads to being grossly underweight. Individuals who have this condition are obsessed about keeping their body weight low. Any increase triggers a panic and they go into great lengths to prevent this from happening again. Part of the reason why they do this is because their self-esteem is tied closely to their body image. They keep trying to get thinner to make them feel good about themselves. The problem is there for everyone else to see but those who suffer from it from are blind to the warning signs.
Binge Eating Disorder
This involves behaviors that are somewhat the opposite of those mentioned above. The typical binge eater will consume massive amounts of food quite frequently and will not do anything avoid weight gain afterwards. These individuals say that they lose control over themselves when they go through these episodes. They might want to stop but can’t. They eat even when they aren’t really hungry. This continues past the point of discomfort. Their behavior often causes them to feel guilty and ashamed of what they are doing, so they resort to hiding this activity from others by eating alone.
Bulimia nervosa is a bit of a combination of the behaviors discussed so far. Like binge eaters, those who suffer from bulimia may consume large volumes of food quite frequently. They, too, have trouble controlling themselves during these episodes. The difference is that the guilt which follows compels them to do something to prevent weight gain. Their obsession with body image can make them take radical steps. Many turn to self-induced vomiting to expel what they ate.
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