Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is associated with an intense fear of gaining weight. The amount of food that is eaten during the day is limited, and individuals can become dangerously thin. Anorexia Nervosa affects both the body and mind. Individuals with anorexia nervosa will have a distorted body image, and will think about food, dieting, and weight often. Many individuals that are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa have co-occurring disorders such as, avoidant, dependent, compulsive-obsessive, schizoid, and paranoid. Other traits of Anorexia Nervosa include low novelty seeking behavior.
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where people will eat large amounts of food in a short time (binge), followed by a compensatory measure to get rid of the food (called a purge). Purging can consists of vomiting, exercising too much, or using medicines or laxatives. Individuals with bulimia binge because food provides comfort. In contrast eating too much causes them to feel out of control. Shame, guilt, and fear of gaining weight follow a binge, which causes the individual to purge. Bulimia Nervosa is associated with co-occurring disorders such as, narcissistic, histrionic, antisocial, and borderline personality disorder. Other comorbidities of eating disorders include compulsive and impulsive disorders, and often go hand in hand with other addictions including substance abuse.
Binge Eating Disorder is an eating disorder where individuals will eat large amounts of food in a short time (binge). This may happen on a regular basis, and individuals with the binge eating disorder feel a lack of control over their eating. Often, individuals with binge eating disorder feel upset by their binge, which may cause stress, trouble sleeping, and depression. They also feel ashamed and try to hide their problem, which they become very good at doing. A co-occurring disorder found with binge eating disorder includes Borderline Personality Disorder. Other comorbidities of binge eating disorders include compulsive and impulsive disorders, along with other addictions including substance abuse.
Orthorexia is an eating disorder associated with an unhealthy fixation of eating only healthy foods. It is similar to anorexia in the fact that it is based on restriction, but instead of restricting the quantity, they restrict the quality. Often, an individual with Orthorexia will avoid anything processed, along with any food that is not “certified organic” or a “whole food.” Often, individuals with Orthorexia will eliminate entire food groups and continuously do this while on a mission to find the “perfect,” clean, and healthy diet. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often goes hand in hand with Orthorexia.
Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which individuals with Type 1 Diabetes manipulate their insulin, often skipping doses, in order to lose weight. Without insulin the body cannot process glucose and so it becomes excreted in the urine instead of absorbed by the body. Diabulimia is associated with co-occurring disorders such as, narcissistic, histrionic, antisocial, and borderline personality disorder. However, with Diabulimia, there is the associated risk of eye diseases, renal failure, nerve damage in the feet and hands, along with heart attacks, and strokes.
In addition, eating disorders are a symptom of Depression, anxiety and often result of trauma.
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