What are Eating Disorders and its types?


Eating Disorders and its types


Hello everyone…! Today the best pathology in Lucknow will discuss about eating disorder and its types. Do you know what Eating Disorder is and what are their types? Let’s know in brief. Eating disorder is defined as extreme sensitivity and obsession with weight and food-related issues. Many people think that eating disorders are lifestyle choices, but that’s not true completely. Eating Disorder is very serious psychological disorders that should be treated promptly. There are mainly three types of eating disorders that are listed below:-

1.     Anorexia Nervosa: 

Anorexia Nervosa eating disorder id defined as intense fear of gaining weight and an unhealthy obsession with prevention of weight gain. Anorexic people restrict the amount of food they eat and the types of food they eat. They keep weigh themselves repeatedly.


People suffering from this eating disorder perceive themselves as overweight even if they are alarmingly underweight. It is also found that Anorexic people live in denial. People suffering from Anorexia Nervosa have a distorted self-image and low self-esteem. It is a very serious mental illness. This type of Eating Disorder has the highest mortality rate due to starvation and suicide. Anorexia nervosa also causes infertility.


2.     Bulimia Nervosa: 

People suffering from bulimia nervosa maintain a relatively healthy or normal weight unlike anorexic people. Bulimic people go through uncontrollable overeating or binge eating and then they engage in purging activities including self-induced vomiting, excessive exercising, over-consumption of laxative and diuretics, fasting etc.


People suffering from Bulimia Nervosa are severely dehydrated due to purging of fluids and swollen salivary glands. They need to intake more fluid to avoid dehydration in body.


3.     Binge Eating Disorder: 

People who are suffering from binge eating disorder also go through episodes of overeating which are uncontrollable but do not resort to vomiting, exercising or using laxatives to keep their weight in check.


Most people with binge eating disorder are overweight or even obese. Patients suffering from Binge Eating disorder eat food even when they are not hungry, and fill themselves with food till it becomes uncomfortable and leads to serious health complications.

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