Eating Disorders are marked by extremes. Individuals with an eating disorder may severely reduce the amount of food they eat, or eat an unusually large amount of food, or be extremely concerned about their weight or shape. They may start out simply eating smaller or larger portions than usual, but at some point the urge to eat more or less spirals out of control. There are three main types of Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder.
Eating Disorders may occur along with depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders, and can cause heart and kidney problems, even death. The disorders show up most frequently during teenage years, but there are indications they may develop earlier or later in life.
In anorexia nervosa’s cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally resulting in serious medical consequences:
The recurrent binge and purge cycles of bulimia nervosa can affect the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions. Some of the health consequences of bulimia nervosa include:
Binge eating disorder often results in many of the same health risks associated with clinical obesity. Some of the potential health consequences of binge eating disorder include:
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