Common eating disorders and symptoms


Eating Disorders mean one kind of illnesses that are figured by irregular eating habits and severe concern about body shape or weight. Eating disorders may include excessive or inadequate food intake that may ultimately damage one well-being. The most common forms of this include Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa and these may affect both males and females.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is one kind of psychological illness with serious physical consequences. Anorexia Nervosa is figured by low body image and body weight distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Taking inadequate food leading to a weight that is too low. Self-esteem mostly related to the body image. Inability to appreciate the rapidity of the situation.

  • Binge-Eating or Purging Type involves binge eating.
  • Restricting Type does not involve binge eating.

Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa

  1. Intense fear of gaining weight
  2. Preoccupation with body shape, weight.
  3. Preoccupation with food.
  4. Negative body image
  5. Anxiety or depression
  6. Mood swings
  7. Impaired school or work performance
  8. Excessive or compulsive exercise
  9. Heightened anxiety around meal times
  10. Constant or rigid eating patterns
  11. Low self-esteem
  12. Rigid thinking
  13. Feeling out of control
  14. Suicidal or self-harm behaviors
  15. Changes in clothing style

 Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is also another serious psychiatric illness figured by recurrent binge-eating episodes. Binge episodes are consisted with a sense of loss of control. This is immediately followed by feelings of shame and guilt, which leads to compensatory behaviors such as fasting, self-induced vomiting, over exercising, the misuse of laxatives, and diuretics.

Warning Signs and Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

  1. Difficulties with activities which involve food
  2. Deceptive behaviors relating to food
  3. Loneliness
  4. Mood swings, emotional depression, changes in personality
  5. Fear of the disapproval of others
  6. Self-harm, or suicide attempts
  7. Sensitivity to references about weight or appearance
  8. Anxiety
  9. Frequent trips to the bathroom, especially after eating
  10. Guilt, self-disgust, self-loathing
  11. Depression
  12. Mood swings
  13. Food avoidance, dieting behavior.
  14. Erratic behavior
  15. Fluctuations in weight

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is related with frequent episodes of eating very large amounts of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain. You have been feeling of being out of control during the episodes binge eating.

Warning Signs of Binge Eating Disorder

  1. Eating more rapidly than normal
  2. Periods of uncontrolled, impulsive or continuous eating.
  3. Repeated episodes of binge eating which often results in feelings of shame
  4. Eating when not physically hungry
  5. Low self-esteem and embarrassment over physical appearance
  6. Fear of the disapproval of others
  7. Guilt, self-disgust
  8. Eating in secret
  9. Avoiding social situations, particularly those involving food.
  10. Eating ‘normal’ quantities in social settings, and bingeing when alone
  11. Feeling extremely distressed, upset and anxious during and after a binge episode
  12. Anxiety
  13. Self-harm or suicide attempts
  14. Overly sensitive to references about weight or appearance
  15. An overwhelming sense of lack of control regarding eating behavior
  16. Depression