Different Types Of Eating Disorders

It is important to understand the difference between eating disorders and conscious decisions. For example, choosing to take on a fad diet, even if it’s dangerous, is not seen in the same light as an eating disorder. Fasting, avoiding certain foods, or focusing on certain foods within the context of a diet are not eating disorders. An eating disorder is more psychological in nature. In fact, most of the eating disorders you will encounter are considered to be mental disorders.

Regardless, more than ten million men in the U.S. alone suffer from an eating disorder. That figure is more than doubled for women.

Defining Eating Disorders

Understand that eating disorders do not refer to specific conditions. It is a range of conditions that contribute to disturbed/abnormal eating behaviors. This disorder can be transient, which means it will only impact the individual for a certain period of time. On the other hand, the disorder can then become chronic. This means the disorder can last for years, causing various problems, if it is not diagnosed and properly treated in due course.

An eating disorder can have a myriad of consequences. These consequences can range from problems with bodyweight, to serious issues impacting the quality of someone’s life. An eating disorder can cause serious problems with your organs, as well.

Different Eating Disorders

There are a number of different recognized eating disorders. It can be helpful to know the various differences between them:

             Anorexia Nervosa: This is currently the most common eating disorder in the world. While women are slightly more vulnerable than men, keep in mind that men are not free from this either. It can cause or even influence certain psychological conditions, and it is particularly prevalent amongst teenagers, young adults, and adolescents.

             Bulimia Nervosa: This is another highly common eating disorder. As opposed to anorexia, which avoids eating, or avoids eating most foods to an extreme, bulimia is noted for involving short periods of binge eating. This is then followed by a period of “purging” whatever was eaten.

             Pica: This eating disorder involves individuals who feel compelled to eat vast amounts of things that are not traditionally considered food. Ice, hair, paper, wool, cloth, or even rocks are a few examples of things eaten by those who have pica. This eating disorder is particularly common amongst those who have other mental disorders.

Keep in mind that the list above are just a few examples of common eating disorders.