Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can cause severe physical and psychological problems. Treatment for eating disorders usually involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication, but most individuals with eating disorders will need ongoing support from friends and family. Sometimes, people with eating disorders need to be hospitalized for treatment or further evaluation.If you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, seek medical advice as soon as possible -- even if your symptoms don't seem that bad. Eating disorders can progress rapidly, and each person's situation is different.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. People with this disorder may weigh less than 85% of what is considered normal for their age and height.
According to Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa are:
Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating followed by purging behavior such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting or excessive exercise. People with bulimia nervosa may eat more than 20,000 calories in one day, then attempt to rid themselves of the food by vomiting and abusing stomach acid neutralizers.
According to Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, signs and symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa are:
Binge eating disorder is characterized by binge eating without compensatory behaviors that are associated with Bulimia Nervosa. People who suffer from binge eating disorder have no control over their urge to overeat in a short period of time and typically consume thousands of calories during the "binge."
According to Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, signs and symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder are: