6 Types Of Eating Disorders
One of the most common misconceptions about
eating disorders are that they only affect women.
According to a survey conducted by
Self magazine and the University of North Carolina,
65% of American women between the ages of 25 and 45
have reported taking part in unhealthy eating behaviors.
However, roughly one in three men
are also affected by this deadly psychological disorder.
At the age of 12,
I experienced an eating disorder
that made me never look at food the same way.
I was always a nervous child,
but I had a heavy breakdown
when I couldn’t keep up with
all the changes thrown my way.
I started middle school and had trouble making new friends
that same year my father also left
to start a new career in another country.
Everything spiraled out of control and soon
my body began to reject food
the way it rejected these harsh realities.
Luckily, I am a survivor of my eating disorder,
I learned not to let it define me
and neither should you if you’re currently
going through a similar battle.
The purpose of making this video is
to inform others about eating disorders
and break the stereotypes that make it hard to talk about.
Here are 6 types of eating disorders.
1. Avoidant Or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
According to a line of Petri, a registered dietitian,
people with this kind of eating disorder undering,
due to a lack of interest in food
or intense distaste for how certain foods look smell or taste,
they may lose weight or experience nutritional deficiencies
due to eating less than is necessary for maintaining a healthy diet.
I remember avoiding parties
and other social events that would involve celebration meals.
Eating in front of others was generally a painful process for me.
So I’d hide in the girls bathroom
during lunch period every day until it was over.
2. Anorexia Nervosa.
This is the type everyone usually first thinks of
when they hear the term eating disorder.
People with anorexia nervosa are obsessed with perfecting their body image,
they like to remain in control by limiting the amount of calories
they consume to achieve their ideal body shape,
even when there are severely underweight,
people with this disorder have a hard time recognizing it.
Driven by their obsessive compulsive behaviors,
they adapt distorted self perceptions
and have dangerously high expectations.
3. Bulimia Nervosa.
People with this type of eating disorder,
indulge in a large amount of food
and make themselves purged shortly after.
Purging gives them a sense of relief.
And similarly to anorexia nervosa,
this helps them feel like they’re in control of their own bodies.
It may be hard for others to spot those with bulimia nervosa
because they might be able to maintain normal weight.
4. Binge Eating Disorder.
People who binge eat consume a large amount of food on a day-to-day basis,
they often exceed the suggested daily calorie intake
and are usually overweight or obese.
People with binge eating disorder often feel ashamed of themselves
and do not feel in control of their bodies.
If people with this type of disorder do not seek treatment,
they can run the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Pica is an eating disorder,
in which the individual consumes non-food items
such as rocks, paper and hair.
Although the causes of it are unknown.
Researchers hypothesize that it can be influenced by factors,
such as stress, developmental disorders and low socioeconomic status.
Most often though, pica is reported alongside nutritional deficiencies.
Like any consumption of non-food items,
pica has the risk of infections and poisoning.
6. Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder.
This type of eating disorder occurs
when individuals unknowingly eat in their sleep,
they may roam their kitchen cabinets in fridge
or eat straight in bed.
According to Healthy Place,
some people have reported eating strange combinations of food,
such as hotdogs, dipped in peanut butter.
This type of eating disorder affects
one to three percent of the world’s general population.
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