Eating_Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include #inadequate or #excessive food intake which can ultimately #damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males. Although these conditions are treatable, the symptoms and consequences can be detrimental and deadly if not addressed. Eating disorders commonly coexist with other conditions, such as anxiety disorders, substance abuse, or depression.

#Types_of_Eating_Disorders
The three most common types of Eating Disorders are as follows:

#Anorexia_Nervosa -The person suffering from anorexia nervosa will typically have an obsessive fear of gaining weight, refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an unrealistic perception of body image. Anorexia can have damaging health effects, such as #brain_damage, #multi-organ failure, #bone_loss, #heart_difficulties, and #infertility.

#Bulimia_Nervosa -This eating disorder is characterized by repeated binge eating followed by behaviors that compensate for the overeating, such as forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or extreme use of laxatives or diuretics. The binge-eating and purging cycle is typically done in secret, creating feelings of shame, guilt, and lack of control.

#Binge_Eating_Disorder- Individuals who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder will frequently lose control over his or her eating.

#Causes_of_Eating_Disorders

Eating Disorders are complex disorders, influenced by a facet of factors. Though the exact cause of eating disorders is unknown, it is generally believed that a combination of #biological ( Irregular hormone functions &
Genetics), #psychological (Negative body image & Poor self-esteem) and #environmental factors (Professions and careers that promote being thin and weight loss, such as ballet and modeling, Family and childhood traumas & culture/ peer pressure ) contribute to the development of these illnesses.

Signs&Symptoms_of_an_Eating_Disorder

A man or woman suffering from an eating disorder may reveal several signs and symptoms, some which are:

–chronic dieting despite being hazardous Underweight
–constant weight fluctuations
–obsession with calories and fat contents of food
–engaging in ritualistic eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food
–continued fixation with food, recipes, or cooking; the individual may cook intricate meals for others but refrain from partaking
–Depression or lethargic stage
–Avvoidance of social functions, family, and friends. May become isolated and withdrawn
Switching between periods of overeating and fasting

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