There several different types of eating disorders but the most common are: Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia and Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Common eating disorder signs include:
- Drastic or sudden changes in eating habits
- Drastic fluctuations of an individual's weight
- Excessive Diet
- Rigid food rules
- Becoming completely overtaken or preoccupied with food
- Having consistently negative feelings about your body
- Extreme exercise up to the point of exhaustion
- Lack of emotion or feeling depressed
- Binge Eating
Bulimia tends to develop during adolescence and early adulthood. It is an eating disorder in which large quantities are consumed within a short period. This overeating is often followed by self-induced vomiting, purging or fasting. People with Bulimia may hold the belief that popularity and self-esteem are determined by weight and body shape. Bulimia Nervosa is a serious potentially life-threatening eating disorder. If you think you may have it please seek help immediately.
Statistics on Bulimia:
- 90-95% are female
- Onset = ages 16-19
- Lifetime Prevalence
- Females 1.1%
- College Women 6-8%
- Chronic, if left untreated
Anorexia tends to affect more women than men and tends to develop during adolescence or early adulthood. People with anorexia tend to view themselves as being overweight even if they are dangerously underweight. They tend to monitor their weight constantly, severely restrict their calories and avoid eating certain types of foods. Anorexia may cause a relentless pursuit of thinness in individuals and unwillingness to maintain a healthy weight. Anorexia can be classified into two subtypes: the restricting type and the binge eating type. Anorexia can be very damaging to the body.
Statistics on Anorexia:
- 90-95% are female
Onset - age 13-15
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