Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders occur for a variety of reasons including depression and are indicated by a person becoming obsessive with their food intake.
As with so many diseases, the earlier that an eating order is recognised the easier it is to treat and the more effective  thelikely outcome for the individual concerned.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are the most familiar forms of eating disorder, but there is a whole range of variations between these extremes.
A person with anorexia nervosa has an irrational fear of gaining weight and a distorted view of their own body shape. As a result he starves himself and can become becoming dangerously thin.
Anorexia and bulimia are most common amongst younger women up to about 25, but they can affect both men and women of any age.

Bulimia Nervosa

A person with bulimia will eat excessively, perhaps up to three or four times a normal intake. Laxatives and/or induced vomiting may be used to attempt to limit the gain in weight.

Treatment of eating disorders

Treatments include dietary and nutritional advice, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling and psychological strategies. Medications such as antidepressants may also be helpful.
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