Eating Disorder Symptoms
Explaining The Primary Eating Disorders
Being on a diet does not mean you have one of the many eating disorders that exist. If you have any one of the disorders discussed below, then you are suffering from an illness. The condition is is brought about due to a number of emotional triggers and will effect every area of your life. Family and people close to you are often be adversely affected. Your self esteem may be at an all time low.
One of the most common is Anorexia Nervosa which is a Greek term that means 'a lack of desire to eat'. An individual suffering from this condition has an abnormal obsession with being fat. They will be meticulous about counting calories, petrified of losing control of themselves, and try to avoid food at all costs. Low self esteem also means some sufferers of this condition believe that they do not have control of their life and eating is the only area that they can control.
Bulimia Nervosa is different from Anorexia Nervosa in that the sufferers of this condition seek out food and binge eat then purge, either by taking laxatives or by making themselves vomit. Someone with Bulimia will often be secretive and stash food away to binge on when they are alone. The nature of their illness has many lasting ill effects. The individual will often suffer from esophagus burns, acid reflux, and other maladies due to stomach being vomited. In many cases they will have severe problems with their teeth.
Compulsive Eating Disorder is like other OCDs. An individual must eat a specific type and amount of food. For instance, if there is a box of twelve donuts, a person with the compulsive disorder may "have" to eat six donuts from the box without stopping. Through continuing an eating ritual the person may feel that they will be able to repel accidents, protect people, or other imaginations. Suffers are usually very overweight and do not purge.
The last of these common disorders (there are many more but here we are looking at the primary ones) is Binge Eating. Binge eating is closely linked to the other disorders. The frequency in which the binge eating may be done less than with Compulsive Eating Disorder. The quantity of food consumed may be different also.
Binge eaters will gorge themselves until they are uncomfortably full, but they will not purge. Binge eating is often used as a form of self punishment linked to emotional disorders. The binge eater may be of normal weight.
In most of the eating conditions, and individual has a need to control their environment. This is accomplished through constant eating. There are some indicators that an individual is suffering from an eating disorder. It is important to get professional assistance if you, or someone you know, shows indications of having this disorder.