Eating Disorders involve abnormal eating patterns that impact your life and health. Often these disorders begin in an attempt to gain control of one’s life. Eating disorders emerge for a number of different reasons including but not limited to, trauma, loss, abuse, pressure, and the need to be perfect. Eating disorders develop in an effort to compensate for other difficulties. Other influences in the development of eating disorders are social/media and peer influences.
The different types of eating disorders are:
- Anorexia nervosa: includes an intense fear of gaining weight. Individual will reduce food intake significantly, leaving a dangerously unhealthy impact on the body. Additional forms of anorexia, in addition or in lieu of restriction may be the use of laxatives or overly exercising.
- Bulimia nervosa: Includes an intense fear of gaining weight. Individual will eat excessive amounts of food and then compensate with purging and/or the use of laxatives.
- Binge eating: Individuals engage in excessive eating without compensatory behaviors.
The goal of therapy for eating disorders is to understand the underlying issues related to the eating disorders and to stop the unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors.