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Types of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders


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Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & More

There are many different types of eating disorders, each with their own set of symptoms and behaviors. Here are some of the most common:

- Anorexia Nervosa (AN): Characterized by severe weight loss and an intense fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia often have a distorted view of their body and see themselves as overweight even when they are dangerously thin. Anorexia can be life-threatening if not treated.

- Bulimia Nervosa (BN): Characterized by periods of bingeing (eating large amounts of food in a short period of time) followed by purging (forced vomiting or using laxatives to rid the body of the food).

- Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Characterized by bingeing without purging. People with BED often eat large amounts of food even when they are not hungry and feel out of control during a binge. Binge eating can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

- Pica: A disorder characterized by the persistent eating of non-food items such as dirt, paint, hair, or paper.

- Rumination Disorder: A disorder characterized by the regurgitation of food that is then either re-chewed and swallowed or spit out.

- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): A disorder characterized by avoiding certain foods due to a fear of choking, vomiting, or having a negative reaction (such as an allergy). People with ARFID may also avoid foods due to their appearance, smell, or texture.

- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED): A category for disorders that do not meet the full criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or BED but still cause distress and interfere with daily life. OSFED can include symptoms of AN, BN, and/or BED.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please get help from a qualified mental healthcare professional. Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life-threatening. Make sure to get help from a qualified professional, such as Matt McTeague, who can properly assess and diagnose the eating disorder.

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