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Some of the major eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can result in severe physical complications. Instances of eating disorders are rampant among females, except for the binge-eating disorder, which affects both sexes equally. The symptoms vary with the type of eating disorder.

Types of eating disorders

Anorexia nervosaPersons with anorexia nervosa are obsessed with looking thin. Symptoms include:

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  • Refusal to eat
  • Distorted self-image
  • Excessive exercise
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Presence of soft, downy hair on the body
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry skin
  • Frequent cold
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thin appearance
  • Sleeping trouble
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Emotionless
  • Irritability

Bulimia nervosaIndividuals affected by bulimia are habituated to eat more within short duration and tend to reduce extra calories by exercises or by vomiting. Symptoms include:

  • Uncontrollable eating behavior
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Unhealthy focus on body weight, shape and image
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bowel disorder
  • Damaged teeth and gums
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Sores in throat and mouth
  • Dehydration
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Drug or alcoholic abuse

Binge-eating disorderIn binge-eating disorder, excessive food is eaten even if one is not hungry. However, such activity is not compensated with exercise causing one to become over weight Symptoms include:

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  • Uncontrollable faster and over eating
  • Depressive feelings due to excessive eating

Causes of eating disorders

  • A genetic predisposition increases the risk. Also, excessive influence of serotonin may result in eating disorders.
  • Psychological and emotional problems such as low self-esteem, perfectionism, impulsive behavior and troubled relationship can cause eating disorders.
  • Western culture and media propagation that ‘thin is beautiful’ increases the risk of eating disorders particularly among females.

Treatment of eating disorders

  • Psychotherapy inculcates healthy habits about eating, mood monitoring, problem solving skills, improving relationships etc. Family therapy may be used with children and adolescents affected by eating disorders.
  • Normal eating habits improve the weight and medically supervised weight-loss programs treat binge-eating disorder.
  • Serious health problems like anorexia where the patient refuses to eat require hospitalization for specialized care.
  • Medications such as anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants control the eating disorder by controlling depression and other emotional problems

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