Eating Disorders Overview

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /

Eating disorders cover a range of illnesses
which include Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, and Binge eating disorder. People with these disorders are unable to
change their behavior even though they are harming themselves. Those suffering from eating
disorders typically become obsessed with food and their body weight. Symptoms of Anorexia include:
Extreme thinness unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy
weight intense fear of gaining weight
distorted body image extremely restricted eating Symptoms of Bulimia include:
Compulsive exercise Suddenly eating large amounts of food that
may disappear right away Regularly going to the bathroom right after
meals Throwing away packages of laxatives, diet
pills, emetics (drugs that cause vomiting), or diuretics Binge eating is when a person loses control
over his or her eating. It is not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. The exact cause of eating disorders is unknown.
Many factors may be involved such as genes, hormones, as well as social attitudes. Women are more likely to have eating disorders
than men. Eating disorders typically start in the teenage years and often occur along
with depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. Eating disorders can lead to heart
and kidney problems and even death. Getting help early is important. Treatment
for all eating disorders involves psychotherapy and learning healthy behaviors. Antidepressants
such as fluoxetine and escitalopram have been shown to help as well. Lifestyle changes will include maintaining
a healthy weight and body image and maintaining a rational approach to dieting, food, and

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