are serious mental illnesses with significant life-threatening medical and
psychological complications. The three primary types of disorders are anorexia
nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.
is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by
self-starvation and excessive weight-loss.
associated with anorexia include:
- Refusal to
maintain a body weight at or above the minimal normal weight for that
person's age, height, body type and activity level
- Intense fear
of gaining weight
"fat" even after large amount of weight loss has occurred
- Deep concern
with body weight and shape
is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a
cycle of binge and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting
designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
associated with bulimia include:
intake of large amounts of food accompanied by a sense of loss of control
- Regular use
of inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting,
laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting, and/or obsessive exercising
concern with body weight and shape
Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating
Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified and is
characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory
measures to counter the binge eating.
associated with binge eating disorder include:
episodes of eating large quantities of food in short periods of time
- Feeling out
of control over eating behavior
ashamed or disgusted by the behavior
- There are
also several behavioral indicators of BED including eating when not hungry
and eating in secret
If you are having any of these symptoms, you may need to speak with a therapist. Call the number at the top of this page or 937.223.3446 today.
To learn more about eating disorders, visit http://www.mirror-mirror.org