Eating disorders are complex medical conditions with significant physical, emotional, and psychological implications. Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy eating that interferes with daily activities.
Eating disorders are more common than you might think. We contacted nutritionist Dr. Rohini Patil, Author of The lifestyle diet, and asked him to shed some light on them. Read on to learn about the three most common eating disorders and their characteristics, as shared by Dr. Patil.
1. Binge eating disorder
A binge-eater consumes large amounts of food in a short period of time with little control, on a regular basis (at least once a week for three months). The amount of food consumed by people with binge eating is usually embarrassing. They may keep food hidden and overeat in secret. People with this condition frequently attempt dieting without success or make promises to cut back on their eating habits. They believe they are unable to control their desire to consume huge amounts of food. They can become overweight or obese as a result of binge eating.
Bulimia affects those who eat a lot of food at once (bingeing). They then vomit or take laxatives to flush the meal out of their system (called purging). A bulimic person can fast after a binge (not eat for a period of time). Alternatively, they may exercise too much to avoid gaining weight. Bulimics may also take laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics to “manage” their weight. They frequently try to cover up their binge eating and purging behaviors. They might keep the food hidden in case they have a binge. People with bulimia generally have a weight close to normal, but their weight fluctuates.
People who suffer from anorexia are obsessed with their weight. They are reluctant to gain weight and refuse to eat. They may be constantly concerned about the calorie and fat content of their diet. To lose weight, they can use diet pills, laxatives or diuretics. They can overwork themselves. Anorexics often think they are obese despite their extreme slenderness. They can become so frail that they look sick.
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