Eating disorders are typically characterized by intense and irrational beliefs and behaviors associated with food, weight loss/gain, and body image. The most common of these disorders include:
Starvation and excessive weight loss define Anorexia Nervosa. It is a deadly disease where individuals experience an intense fear of getting fat, irrational beliefs of being overweight, and have an extreme preoccupation with shape, food intake, and body features.
Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Typically, bulimics eat large quantities in a short period of time, then, rid the intake through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercise.
Uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling full classifies binge eaters. Binge eaters tend to cycle through periods of excessive eating and repetitive diets. They experience considerable regret and frustration following the out-of-control binges.
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