Eating Disorder Treatment Center for Females, Males, Adolescents and Adults
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia is a condition commonly defined as self-induced starvation. This definition can be misleading because a person with anorexia is often hungry but will refuse to eat by denying their own hunger and need for food as a result of an intense and distorted fear of becoming fat. Other symptoms include excessive weight loss, restrictive control of caloric and fat intake, as well as obsessive thoughts of food/preparation and extreme worry about body shape and size.
SOME PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by engaging in compensatory behaviors such as purging or using laxatives to prevent weight gain.
A binge consists of eating an amount of food that is definitely larger than most individuals would eat under similar circumstances usually within a 2 hour period.
Compensatory behaviors are divided into categories: Purging and Non-purging.
The purging behaviors include induced vomiting, the use of laxatives and diuretics while the non-purging behaviors involve excessive exercise and alternating periods of strict dieting or fasting.
SOME PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS OF BULIMIA NERVOSA
Esophageal problems (tears, bleeding, rupture)
Stomach injuries (inflammation of lining, rupture)
Intestinal injuries (ulcers, bloody stools)
Kidney and heart complications (kidney stones, kidney failure, uneven heart rate, heart failure, diseased heart muscle)
Erosion of tooth enamel
Swollen salivary glands
Changes in menstrual cycle
Depression and mood swings
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequently eating more food than most people would consume in a similar period of time. This disorder is marked by periods of impulsive gorging or continuous overeating while feeling out-of-control (as though one cannot stop or control how much he/she is eating).
SOME POTENTIAL PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS OF BINGE EATING
Type II Diabetes
Depression and Mood Swings
Elevated Cholesterol Levels
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