An Introduction to Eating Disorders


The following material contains information about eating disorders. If any content in this post makes you uncomfortable, please stop reading.

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What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life.

Types of Eating Disorders:

  • Bulimia Nervosa: Individuals with bulimia nervosa eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit, excessively exercise or by using laxatives.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: Individuals with anorexia nervosa believe they’re fat even when they’re dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
  • Binge Eating Disorder: Individuals with binge eating disorder have out of control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
  • Orthorexia Nervosa: Eating disorder that involves an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Unlike other eating disorders, orthorexia mostly revolves around food quality, not quantity and rarely focuses on losing weight.
  • Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Individuals ARFID limit the amount and/or types of food consumed, but does not involve any distress about body shape or size, or fears of fatness.

American Psychological Association
National Eating Disorder Information Centre

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