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Understanding Eating Disorders

Do you know anyone that suffers from a negative body image of themselves? Women worldwide are suffering from an eating disorder. Let’s take a look at the five classifications of eating disorders.

According to an article at youngwomenshealth.org, “What Is an Eating Disorder”

eating disorder word cloud concept. vector illustration“Eating disorders are complicated psychological conditions that affect a person’s physical and emotional health. They involve intense emotions and behaviors about food. Eating disorders are very dangerous illnesses and can lead too permanent physical and psychological consequences if left untreated.

The five classifications of feeding and eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

  1. Anorexia (pronounced: an-or -rex-e-ah) involves food restriction (limiting or not having certain foods or food groups). People with anorexia drastically limit their food intake and have an intense fear of gaining weight, even though they are significantly low weighted.
  2. Bulimia (pronounced: bull-e-me-ah) involves cycles of binge eating followed by a purging behavior. People with bulimia will eat an unusually large amount of food in a short period of time and then exercise excessively or purge by self-inducing vomiting, using laxatives, enemas, or diuretics in an attempt to avoid gaining weight.
  3. Binge eating disorder involves eating an unusually large amount of food in a short period of time and feeling a loss of control during this episode. People with binge eating disorder do not purge afterwards, but often feel shame or guilt about their binge eating.
  4. Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) involves some combination of symptoms of the other eating disorders such as an intense fear of weight gain and a preoccupation with food (thinking about food or having food related thoughts most of the day). Many people with OSFED have symptoms of the other eating disorders, but may not meet the exact clinical criteria, and therefore are diagnosed with OSFED.
  5. Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). A person who has ARFID does not eat enough which is marked by unhealthy weight, nutritional deficiency, and/or interference with social functioning. The main difference between anorexia and ARFID is that someone with ARFID does not have a fear of gaining weight or body image concerns. ARFID may be characterized by a limited list of foods someone will eat, extreme pickiness, or fear or adverse reaction to food such as choking or vomiting.” To read the entire article click here.

ABC Nutrition Services is designed to allow clients to achieve healing form bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, or emotional eating. If you or a loved one may be suffering from an eating disorder in the Reno area contact, ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

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