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Types Of Eating Disorders And Their Characteristics That We Must Know!

Anorexi Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating disorders

Today, let's talk about the types and characteristics of eating disorders, both major and minor eating disorders. And we describe about the symptoms and treatment. We are familiar with three major eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. But we don't know, not all but almost that there is also a minor eating disorder that affecting billions of people like night Eating Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a  life threatening disease, a disease  that characterized to a person of being fear of gaining weight and a result of self-starvation and excessive weight loss. This disease Anorexia Nervosa typically appears to  all girls during their adolescence stages. But boys and men are not accepted on this  kind of disease  they are also able to have Anorexia Nervosa but it is common to happen  in women or girls.  

4 Primay Symtoms of Anorexia Nervosa
According to the NEDA or National Eating Disorder Association there are 4 symptoms or Anorexia Nervosa they are the following:
  • Fearing of being fat  even though they  are underweight. 
  • Resistance of maintaining an average body weight
  • Losing menstrual periods  in women or girls
  • Twisted or distorded body image, as a result of denial serious loss weight. 
Potential Health Risk Of Having Anorexia Nervosa
Having Anorexia Nervosa disease is not only affecting your  body weight  but also your overall nutritional well being. These are the few  potential health risk of having anorexia nervosa.

  • Dry hair and skin
  • Dehydration as a result of having kidney failure
  • Low blood pressure and slow heart beat rate
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Osteoporosis
Each person is different in terms of treatment, it depends on severity illness. Therefore, it is better  and require  counselling addressing. Anorexia Nervosa will be treated  psychologically, medically and nutritionally.

Bigorexia  also known as "Muscle Dysmorphia"

Bigorexia is an image body disorder, We can say that bigorexia is a "reverse anorexia" which means a person that has bigorexia feels that their body is too small. This will become a reason that they will spend excessive hours to build their muscles at the gym.

There are no other symptoms of having bigorexia the only symptoms is a have an excessive attention to build a body image. Bigorexia is not a big deal for a man as a disease because being a muscular person is socially acceptable. therefore, Bigorexia is not a threatening disease as anorexia, but we must know that there is also a threat of having bigorexia. Having this kind of disease is prone to steroid abuse that may affect to a person's work and life.

Binge Eating Disorder A.K.A (Compulsive Overeating)

   Having Binge Eating Disorder  is person obsessively eating while not throwing-up, abusing laxatives or to a fault exercise to complete the massive amounts of food they've simply consumed.

Symtomps of  Binge Eating Disorder
  • Eating lots of food in short periods of time
  • Feeling out of control eating behavior
  • feeling ashamed as a result of eating in a secret manner
Treatment of this disease usually  involves in psychological counseling also to determine the cause for this disorder. I suggest that overweight people with binge disorder  will try to  undergo in psychological and  medical to lose their weight. 

Bulimia Nervosa
80  percent of bulimia patients are females. Bulimia is characterized as a compulsion to purge the food they've eaten by throwing it up or exercising excessively.

The 3 Primary Symptoms of  Bulimia Nervosa are
  • Extreme concern with shape and body weight
  • Regular use of compensatory inappropriately  behaviors like vomiting and laxative abuse
  • Regular  consuming of large amounts of foods with losing control on eating  behavior.
Depending on its severity, bulimia nervosa will only be treated with intensive psychological and medical guidance. usually bulimia is connected to deeper emotional and mental dilemmas.

Night Eating  Syndrome (NES)

Night eating syndrome is a another and new eating disorder disease.  A person with this kind of eating this order  will often eat  large quantities of foods  after last meal of the day. Having Night Eating Syndrome will not indulging midnight snack, they will usually  consume low nutritious foods and high calories food during the night.

As  a result of this   affects to a person are having a depression, insomnia and anxiety.

As of now this disease "Night Eating Syndrome" has no treatment yet cause it is new  eating disorder. It still being studied by the expert. There some reports that drug Zoloft may be can cure effectively on this kind of eating disorder.

The treatments begin with clinical interviews and  staying a few night in sleep study clinics.

Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder (NS-RED)

 If you are  eating while sleep walking, for sure you have this kind of disease! These people are unaware  and have no idea or memories about what they are doing they typically consume high sugar and high fats foods.

A person that has NS-RED  will often wake up  with foods on their hands and faces in front of refrigerator. Their body will over compensate  at  night  when he or she feels weak and  lack of eating during the day.

Prader-Willi Syndrome

This is genetic disease wherever the person affected never feels full. The disease is additionally in the middle of low muscle tone, short stature, behavior issues, psychological feature disabilities and incomplete sexual development.

Prader-Willi Syndrome is triggered by a defect within the neural structure, that usually registers feeling of hunger. The defect makes the person never feel full, despite what proportion they eat. Ironically, people with Prader-Willi syndrome got to eat but those of equal age and height as a result of their bodies have less muscle and have a tendency to burn less calories.

Consequently, those with Prader-Willi syndrome are usually overweight and acquire several health risks connected with obese people like cardiovascular disease, breathing issues and polygenic disease. there's no cure for Prader-Willi syndrome. Treatment generally needs extraordinarily low-calorie diets and really very little access to food. Families can typically need to place locks on refrigerators and cupboard doors. usually those diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome will have neurotic  behaviors.

Rumination Disorder

People with rumination disorder can voluntary or involuntary regurgitate and re-chew partly digestible food. it's going to be re-swallowed or expelled.

According to emedicine.com, rumination may be a rare disease, info and plenty of theories are derived through tiny and single case studies. Theories embrace psychosocial factors cultural, socioeconomic, organic, and psychodynamic. it's additional predominate in infants and kids, and typically remits spontaneously.

Symptoms might include:

  • Weight loss
  • Exhalation
  • Symptom
  •  Raw and cracked lips

Health issues and concerns associated with rumination disorder are:
  • Cavity and erosion
  • Oesophagus injury
  • Internal organ disorders
  • Aspiration
  • Choking
  •  Respiratory illness
  •  Halitus
Treatments generally embrace psychological and medical substance. In some extreme cases surgery, musculature fundoplication, a procedure typically reserved for people with acid reflux illness, could also be used.

Many of those eating disorders are uncommon and will vary in many degrees. continuously look for medical attention before treatment or self-diagnosis.


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