• 05Mar

    Eating Disorders are characterized by disturbances in the way an individual relates to food. Sufferers may be male or female. The following categories may reflect your struggle or you may have a mixture of several. In the early stages of a disorder, only one or two symptoms may be present. Eating disorders strike both males and females. Eating disorders are serious medical and psychological problems with potentially life-threatening consequences.

    Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is a complicated eating disorder, often rooted in both biological and psychological issues. The four main characteristics are:

    • Intense drive for thinness, resulting in severe emaciation
    • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat
    • Distorted body image
    • [For women] Cessation of the menstrual cycle (amenorrhea) for at least three months

    Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating, consuming large quantities of food in a way that feels out of control. The binge is followed by some form of purging, designed to prevent weight gain.
    Common purging behaviors include:

    • Self-induced vomiting
    • Emetic abuse
    • Laxative abuse
    • Diuretic abuse
    • Fasting
    • Excessive exercise

    Binge Eating Disorder

    First recognized in the 1990s, binge eating disorder is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating. Those with the disorder do not practice purging, but have feelings of lost control and marked distress about their eating behavior.
    Most binge eaters are overweight and have a history of weight fluctuations.
    Red Flags:

    • Frequent overeating that feels out of control
    • Eating rapidly
    • Eating to the point of being uncomfortably full
    • Eating alone
    • Irritation and disgust with self after overeating
    • History of dieting and/or failed diet attempts