Common Eating Disorders

Below are the most common eating disorders found. The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. Some sources say that binge eating is the most common eating disorder nowadays, however anorexia and bulimia have been common eating disorders for a very long time.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is the eating disorder whereby the anorexic person self imposed fasting or dieting with severe weight loss that is at least 15% below the recommended weight.

People with anorexia nervosa will be over exercising in an attempt to lose weight. They are obsessed with eating diet food, not eating at all, and weighting themselves often. Anorexia Nervosa can lead to severe malnutrition, brain damage, sterility, damage to vital organs, heart failure and even death.

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Severe Bulimia Nervosa is a worse eating disorder than Anorexia Nervosa. People with Bulimia Nervosa will eat, possibly a large amount of food quickly. However, they will vomit it all out. Vomiting, emetics, laxatives, diuretics and diet pills are common tools for people with Bulimia Nervosa.

Bulimic people usually have fluctuating weight and very unhealthy. However, there are different level of Bulimia Nervosa and usually people don’t have the severe case of Bulimia Nervosa and light treatment is enough to cure this eating disorder.

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder will make people eat large amount of food in an uncontrollable way. During a binge episode, patients will eat fast and eat a lot of food until they are extremely full. After the binge episode, patients may feel guilty of eating too much food, eating bad food, and embarrassed. Many people eat too much food until they are overly full but that does not mean they have a binge episode.