What are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders involve disturbed eating habits and weight control behaviour that disrupts a person’s physical and psychosocial functioning. Disturbed eating habits may take the form of restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupation with food, and altered mealtime behaviours. Disturbed weight control behaviour can include excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives. Sufferers can experience dramatic personality changes, fatigue, apathy, social withdrawal, and extreme preoccupation with food, weight and shape. Eating disorders are serious as they carry medical consequences include growth problems, heart problems and, in some cases can be fatal. Boys and girls can both suffer from Eating disorders and may even be underdiagnosed in males because they are less likely to seek help. Types of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Atypical Eating disorders. For more information on symptoms and next steps,
Those with Anorexia Nervosa experience the following symptoms:
Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by:
Atypical Eating Disorder
This term is used to describe an eating disorder that does not fulfill specific criteria for AN or BN but is no less problematic. It is estimated that for every person diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, there are another 2-3 people who fall into this category. Just because a person’s symptoms don’t quite fit a criteria, it doesn’t mean that their eating disorder isn’t just as serious.