Types of Eating Disorder

The way people see themselves and the way they are being treated at home or in school creates a great impact on their self-worth.
The way people see themselves and the way they are being treated at home or in school creates a great impact on their self-worth.

Topic Overview

The month of March is focused on Health issues. There are articles written about home remedies, physical workouts, diet plans, weight loss, vitamins, body supplement, and a lot more. These are informative and useful references that can guide a person in having a healthy lifestyle. However, excessive dieting can be risky to any person. It can start with a simple diet, but it can lead to some bad eating habits if it is not managed properly. There are three common types of eating disorders, which are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

This is the most common type of eating disorder. Such sickness may start from a simple diet, but eventually gets out of control. Those people who are suffering from this illness have an extreme fear of gaining weight. They become severely thin because they limit the amount of food they eat. They tend to vomit if they feel that they have already eaten too much. This can lead to starvation and other health difficulties such as osteoporosis, heart problem or organ damage. It also affects both the mind and body of the person. They develop a distorted image about themselves. They see themselves as fat even if they are already too thin. They are at high risk of mental illness and death.

BULIMIA NERVOSA

This is another type of eating disorder. Those people who are experiencing this sickness tend to extremely eat a large amount of food in a short time. Then they find ways to get rid of what they eat such as vomiting, doing excessive exercises or even drink medicines like laxatives. (Laxative is a liquid that doctors usually prescribed to patients who will undergo colonoscopy.) They develop that feeling of guilt after eating too much because they are also afraid of gaining weight.

Unlike anorexia nervosa that patients are too thin, those people with bulimia may have normal physical built. This makes it difficult to identify if they are suffering from this serious eating disorder. But it can be a symptom when the person overeats but does not gain weight.

BINGE EATING

Binge eating refers to the act of eating large amount of food in a short time. Those people who suffer from this type of eating disorder tend to binge regularly for several months. But they tend to limit their food intake in-between those months. They cannot control their eating habits and later, they feel guilty about it. This is also known as compulsive eating.

Unlike bulimia nervosa, patients with binge eating disorder do not try to get rid of what they eat. They don’t tend to vomit or resort to any actions of purging. They may appear in average weight, but eventually gain weight. If not treated early, they tend to become obese. These patients later suffer from obesity.

February 23, 2010

These types of eating disorders can start as early as the adolescent stage. During the teen years, teenagers start to be conscious about their physical appearance. The way they see themselves and the way they are being treated at home or in school creates a great impact on their self-worth. It is that moment when they begin to focus on dieting that their families should give them proper attention. Patients may have serious concern of depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, or other emotional problems. It can become a lifelong dilemma until adulthood. Early treatment of any type of eating disorder can be very effective. However, it can also become a serious problem if it is not immediately treated.

You can visit the website of CBSNews for more information. In our next article, we shall discuss further each type of eating disorders that will focus on its causes, symptoms and treatment.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great hub, I not sure but I think is is something that affects younger people. I am a senior so that was just my thought. I enjoyed your hub you are a great writer. Thanks


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I am glad I dotn have these things, it is scary, thanks Tina, hope youre doing good! Maita


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

A powerful and important hub, you don't know until your taught and hopefully this will help many parents realize such issues. Peace :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Tina V, Interesting informative overview on such serious "eating disorders!" Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Good hub with a lot of important information as eating disorders have grown in number over the years.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for this hub. A friend of mine recently recovered from a disorder and is still on the road to a healthy body and healthy self image! Good job and always important to raise awareness on this unfortunately all too often tradegy, Tina!!!


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Hi Darlene, eating disorder can start at an early age but can worsen if it will not be treated. Thank you reading this hub. Have a great week!


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Hi Maita, you're right. This is quite scary. Oftentimes, family members doesn't notice it that somebody is already suffering from an eating disorder until it is already too late. Thanks for reading this hub.


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Hi katiem2, I really appreciate your comment. Parents really play an important role in treating eating disorders. To go on diet is still helpful as long as people do it right and with proper guidance. Thanks you for checking out this hub.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

yes specially for teenagers, parents should monitor their children, thanks again, Maita


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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

Years ago, a friend of mine had bulimia. She started a counseling group. One of the young women weighed 75 lbs and her esophagus was almost gone from stomach acids. She told me horrific stories about these young women with eating disorders.

Education and awareness is so important. Good hub Tina.


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Thank you Deborrah . . .

Thank you Pamela . . .

Thank you Ann Nonymous . . .

Thank you Maita . . .

Thank you Tom . . .

I really appreciate your comments. Educational awareness about eating disorders is really important. Family and friends can help in the recovery of the patient. I will try to write other hubs that would discuss each type in details.

Have a great week to all!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

TinaV, thanks so much and Bless! Maita


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

You're welcome, Maita. Have a blessed Holy Week!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Good hub on a difficult topic. There are many types of eating disorders. Good discussion.


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Thank you Smireless. This hub is just a topic overview of the different types of eating disorder. I really appreciate your comment. Have a great week!


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Lgali 6 years ago

very nice hub good info


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Hi Lgali, thanks for checking out this hub. Have a great week!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I've been saved from binge eating(my first time to know what I refer to as compulsive eating disorder), for years now. I used to indulge in that in my younger days, too.My present diet plan tells me I must eat in moderation.


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TINA V 6 years ago Author

Hi Lita, it was nice of you to share your experience about binge eating to our readers. I'm sure they will learn from it. It would also be great if you can write a hub about your diet plan. We could link the two hubs to make it more informative to everybody.

Thank you for checking out this hub. Have a great week!

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