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Binge Eating and Other Types of Eating Disorders

There are many different types of eating disorders besides binge eating disorder, As a whole, these disorders affect more than 10 million people each year. Women make up for more than 75 percent of people who have eating disorders. Treatment is needed for most type of eating disorders as if they are left untreated serious medical conditions can arise. In some cases certain eating disorders such as anorexia can lead to death.

Understanding the different types of eating disorders is important when it comes to treatment options for you or your loved one. If you know someone who is suffering from any type of eating disorder, please consult with your health care provider. Eating disorders are complex medical conditions which generally will require the intervention of a trained medical professional.

Types Of Eating Disorders

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder- This has become the most common type of eating disorder. Binge eating is where one will go on episodes of eating large amounts of food. This is often called compulsive eating as well. Binge eating is usually based on a reaction to emotions or as a way to relieve boredom.

Night Eating

Night Eating- This type of eating disorder is characterized by a lack of appetite in the day and overeating at night time. This leads to insomnia as well as obesity and other medical conditions. One who has night eating will typical overeat and consume more than half the daily calories in one sitting.

Anorexia NervosaAnorexia Nervosa- This type of eating disorder is probably the most well known due to the fact that many well known celebrities have had this type of eating disorder. Anorexia is when one becomes so preoccupied with their weight that they stop eating. They may eat in very small portions or not at all. Due to the lack of the food in their body, they also will develop a distorted body image. A person who is anorexic will look in the mirror and see a reflection of someone who is much larger than they are. This distorted body image is what keeps them believing that they need to lose more weight. Karen Carpenter died at age 32 due to heart failure which was associated with anorexia. Anorexics are very thin and often very frail and weak and lack energy.
Bulima NervosaBulima Nervosa- In this type of eating disorder one will go through episodes of binge eating followed by ways of purging the food from the body. The most typical way of removing the food is through throwing up after eating. The use of enemas, laxatives and other diuretics are also common methods of purging. Bulimics are considered with their body image and are purging the food as a method of keeping their weight down. People who have bulimia are generally not as thin as anorexics and in many cases often overweight. This is why discovering that one may have this type of eating disorder can often be harder.
OrthorexiaOrthorexia- Orthorexia is a type of eating condition in which one becomes obsessed with eating only pure foods. There is little known about this medical condition but it has been said that this type of eating disorder shares the same characteristics of bulimia and anorexia just the focus is more on pure foods. This type of eating disorder becomes ritualistic for the person and food is often chewed in excess of 50 times before swallowing. Fruit and raw foods are generally the only food that one will eat.
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