What are different types of eating disorders?

It has been identified that eating disorders are commonly associated with a lifestyle choice. These disorders are actually very serious and often leads to the deadly illnesses that cause severe disturbances on eating behavior for any person.

Body weight, obsessions with food and your body shape may also signify disorder in your eating behavior. Commonly known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is the first eating disorders which come with the list. Anorexia is designated by two major habits including self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Let us see some common symptoms of anorexia

  • Refusal to retain the body weight at or above minimally normal weight for a specific age, height, body type, and different activity level

  • Having huge fear of gaining weight or afraid of being "fat"

  • Feeling overweight or "fatty" despite having dramatic weight loss

  • Menstrual periods loss

  • Highly concerned about the shape and weight of the body

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is the second your list of eating disorders, which revolves around the purging and bingeing of food. Bulimia Nervosa is identified as your habit of eating excessive amounts of food within a short period of time, then getting rid of the calories and food via over-exercising, enemas, vomiting, and laxative abuse.

Common symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa include:

  • Bingeing and purging of food in repeated episodes or periods of time

  • Having an extreme feeling of going out of control during a binge and start eating beyond the level of fullness till the comfortable zone

  • Having to purge after a binge, typically by diet pills, diuretics, excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, or having fast

  • Trying to have repetitive dieting

  • Extreme concern for body weight and shape

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is also known as compulsive overeating disorder which is basically characterized by repetitions of compulsive, uncontrollable and continuous eating beyond the point of saturation with a comfortably full feeling.

There is no purging, however, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets, and often have a feeling of shame after a binge. In this situation, the body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.