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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders 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.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight-loss.

The symptoms 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
  • Feeling "fat" even after large amount of weight loss has occurred
  • Deep concern with body weight and shape

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa 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.

The symptoms associated with bulimia include:

  • Regular intake of large amounts of food accompanied by a sense of loss of control over eating
  • Regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting, and/or obsessive exercising
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape

Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating

Binge Eating 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.

Symptoms associated with binge eating disorder include:

  • Frequent episodes of eating large quantities of food in short periods of time
  • Feeling out of control over eating behavior
  • Feeling 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