Different Types of Eating Disorders

by Gilly Brewster
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

There are four different forms of eating disorders. Each of these forms act differently with each person who has the disorder. All forms of eating disorders are seen as psychological in nature.

A.) Anorexia Nervosa – This is an eating disorder where a person has an obsessive want to lose weight. Most people who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa have an obsession with maintaining a certain body shape. People with Anorexia will purposefully starve themselves until they are emaciated. Most people who have this disorder do not see their bodies as emaciated. They see them as continued works of art.

No amount of weight loss is ever good enough for people who suffer from this disorder. The symptoms for Anorexia are a fear of gaining weight, below average weight, malnourished, amenorrhea, and body image distortion. The body of a person who suffers from Anorexia will be skeletal like. The skin of the person will sag, and the bones will be prominent. People with Anorexia will deprive themselves of food altogether.

B.) Bulimia Nervosa – This is an eating disorder where a person will eat large amounts of food, and then induce vomiting to rid themselves of the food. People who suffer from this disorder have a fear of gaining weight. Most people with Bulimia Nervosa are not strong enough to resist food, but will use many different ways to expunge the food from their bodies.

Other ways that a person with Bulimia Nervosa expunges food from their bodies are through the use of enemas, laxatives, and diuretics. Some people who suffer from Anorexia have been reduced to binge eating and induced vomiting behaviors.

C.) Binge Eating – This is an eating disorder that involves binging on large amounts of food. This type of disorder is not associated with purging or the use of enemas to expunge food from the body. Most people who binge on food have a lack of control. People who binge eat will eat even when they are not hungry. Most people who binge eat, have a lack of self-control and will eat past the feeling of being full. Causes of binge eating are depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, and loneliness.

D.) Compulsive Over Eating – This type of disorder is similar to binge eating, however, most people who suffer from compulsive eating are addicted to food. Most compulsive food eaters are overweight and will use their appearance to shield them from a judgmental society. They suffer from low self-esteem and will use food to compensate for things that they are lacking in their life.