Eating disorders are a condition in which a person is preoccupied with food and weight for most of the day. An eating disorder is a serious condition and can be life-threatening as well. It is mostly found among young women who want to have a physical appearance like their favorite celebrity. Males too are affected by different types of eating disorders but females are more likely to develop eating disorders. The most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person is highly obsessed with food and being thin. People with anorexia nervosa wake up every day thinking about their weight. If their weight has not decreased from the previous day most of their day is ruined. They skip meals and focus on an intense workout routine. They usually starve and refuse to have meals during the day in order to lose weight. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include refusal to eat, intense fear of gaining weight, excessive workout, irritability, low blood pressure, dehydration, thin appearance, preoccupation with food, and difficulty sleeping.
Bulimia is another eating disorder in which episodes of binging and purging occur. During binging and purging episodes a person eats a large amount of food in a short time period and tries to get rid of extra calories gained by vomiting or excessive exercise. Signs of bulimia disorder may include excessive exercise, using laxatives, low self-esteem, negative body image, dehydration, irregular heartbeat, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, abnormal bowel function, and self-induced vomiting.
When a person has a binge eating disorder he tends to eat excessively but does not try to reduce weight through excessive exercise or starving. A person with a binge eating disorder may eat food even when he is not hungry and may continue to eat until he is painfully full. After binging a person may feel guilty or ashamed triggering a new round of binging. A person with a binge eating disorder may have a normal weight, obese or overweight. Symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating excessively to the point of being uncomfortable, eating alone most of the time, feeling guilty over the amount of food eaten, and feeling that eating behavior is out of control.