Anorexia and Bulimia: Common Eating Disorders

About Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder that involves a distorted body image and an irrational fear of becoming overweight, even when a person is underweight. Someone with anorexia may diet or exercise excessively in a deliberate effort to lose weight. While considered a “female disease” in the past, latest research shows approximately 1 in 3 cases are male.

About Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a psychological disorder in which a person experiences regular episodes of serious overeating, or bingeing, and feels a loss of control. The binges are followed by a feeling of guilt that can lead to extreme reactions such as restricting food to compensate for the binge, excessive exercising and purging (deliberately vomiting, abusing laxatives or diuretics) to avoid gaining weight. Recent studies suggest nearly 50 percent of service men and women returning from combat experience binge eating, often accompanied by bulimic behaviors.

Do You Have Anorexia or Bulimia? Answer These Questions.

At Eating and Body Image Therapy Center, we work with you or your loved one to help you understand your feelings about your body, food and the underlying cause of your issue. To find out if you or someone you love may have the warning signs of an eating disorder, answer the following questions.

Do you or your loved one:

  • Constantly think about food, weight, or body image?
  • Have difficulty concentrating because of those thoughts?
  • Worry that your last meal is making you fat?
  • Experience guilt or shame around eating?
  • Count calories whenever you eat or drink?
  • Feel “out-of-control” when it comes to food?
  • Binge eat at least once a week?
  • Believe you are fat when others reassure you that you are thin?
  • Obsess that your stomach, hips, thighs, or buttocks are too big?
  • Weigh yourself several times a day?
  • Exercise more than an hour every day to burn calories?
  • Exercise to lose weight even if you are ill or injured?
  • Label foods as “good” and “bad?”
  • Vomit after eating?
  • Use laxatives or diuretics to keep your weight down?
  • Severely limit your food intake?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, even if you don’t fit the exact diagnosis for an eating disorder, your attitudes about body image, weight and food behaviors may need to be immediately addressed. We can help.

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