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Eating disorders have impacted many of our lives through our family, friends and loved ones, or even ourselves. Those suffering with eating disorders use food to cope with fear and emotions that seem overwhelming. Not eating, binge eating, or purging can be soothing and help distract from the problems in life. The symptoms of eating disorders are often similar, but the contributing factors are varied and unique to each person. Understanding this difference is essential, especially when seeking treatment, as many women and teens are dealing with more than just an eating disorder. Three of the most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.

Eating disorders often begin as compulsive disorders that develop into coping mechanisms over time. Eating disorders do not discriminate and effect both males and females. Having an eating disorder is not a character flaw or a sign of weakness. Eating disorders cannot be overcome by will power alone. With professional help, recovery is possible.


Anorexia Nervosa


Anorexia affects both males and females. People with anorexia starve themselves to the point of being very thin and are preoccupied with body weight, exercise, calories, and food. Those with anorexia diet obsessively and have an intense fear of gaining weight. In many cases, people with anorexia will eat very small amounts of food and weigh themselves repeatedly.

Bulimia Nervosa


Women and teens dealing with bulimia, both male and female, may follow strict diets and use the restroom during meals or immediately after. With bulimia, they will consume large amounts of food and then purge by vomiting, fasting, over-exercising, or using laxatives or diuretics. They often become extremely secretive and may use long showers to try to mask their purging behavior. Many with bulimia exhibit oppositional behavior and mood swings.

Binge Eating Disorder


People with binge eating disorder eat large amounts of food over short amounts of time. Often, they may skip breakfast while eating large meals for lunch and dinner. They often eat very quickly and may also eat late night meals consisting mostly of carbohydrates and sweets. Binge eaters, both male and female, may talk about strict dieting but are ultimately not able to stop their binge episodes.

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