Eating Disorders

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa also known as simply Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, a fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and, in some cases, a loss of a menstrual cycle in women

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Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder (BED) is more than an occasional over indulgence on your favorite food. It is characterized by regular overeating – as many as two or more times per week – followed by an intense sense of shame and guilt.

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Bulimia

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating (i.e. eating in a discrete time period an amount of food that is larger than most people would eat; a sense of not feeling in control over their eating during the episode).

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Compulsive Eating

Classified as a group of serious conditions where your main thought process centers on food and weight, the three most common eating disorders are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

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Fad Dieting

“Did you hear about the latest diet? My friend went on it – it’s amazing!” Can you count how many times you’ve heard or said something similar?

Fads. We hear about them in everything from music, to jeans to cars. They can be fun, flashy and seemingly harmless mementos of our time.

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Eating Disorder Myths

“You have to be skinny to have an Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating.”

A common misconception is that people have to look emaciated in order to have an eating disorder. In fact, people suffering from an eating disorder can be of any weight. For many, weight tends to go up and down. Eating disorders are mental illnesses, with a strong emphasis on shape, weight, and weight management strategies. While these issues are certainly a part of the disorder, they are by far the whole story. In fact, Anorexia is the only diagnosis that requires an actual weight criteria to be diagnosed with that condition (15% below ideal body weight you’re your age and height).

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