Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:
Anorexia nervosa: Individuals believe they’re fat even when they’re dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
Bulimia nervosa: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.
Binge eating: Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Treatment for anorexia and bulimia
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Treatment for binge eating
Experts agree that binge eating treatment must tackle the obesity that comes with binge eating and the psychological problems that underlie the disorder. But they’re still debating which aspect to treat first.