Types of Eating Disorders
Types of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, as well as other patterns of disordered eating.
Overeating, under eating, purging, over exercising or a combination of these behaviours are frequent occurrences in every day life for someone with an eating disorder, so much so that their health can suffer severely from poor nutrition and their normal daily routine becomes difficult. The main types of eating disorders include:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
It is possible for these conditions to co-exist alongside one another.
Anorexia Nervosa - Perhaps the best known of the eating disorders, anorexia nervosa is a debilitating, dangerous, often life-threatening psychiatric illness.
Bulimia Nervosa - Bulimia nervosa is a psychiatric illness typically characterised by frequent episodes of binge eating (eating abnormally large amounts of food in a short space of time) followed by purging.
Binge Eating Disorder - Binge eating disorder is characterised by regular bouts of excessive eating, usually involving junk food and sometimes at strange times (such as late at night).
Disordered Eating - Disordered eating describes irregular patterns of eating behaviours, such as self-starvation, bingeing, purging and exercising obsessively.