What Is a List of Eating Disorders?


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According to the National Eating Disorders Association, there are three main eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. There are other types of eating disorders as well, known as other specified feeding or eating disorders, some of which are subtypes of the previously listed eating disorders. Others include avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, pica, purging disorder, night eating syndrome, rumination disorder, and unspecified feeding or eating disorder.

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Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric condition characterized by delusions regarding body weight, a fear of gaining weight and a general nonrecognition of the extreme issue of under-eating and low body weight, states Wikipedia. Anorexic patients are extremely malnourished and cannot recognize how thin they are. Anorexia can be extremely severe and potentially fatal.

Bulimia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder characterized by binge eating and then purging (generally self-induced vomiting), adds Wikipedia. Other methods of purging include fasting and extreme exercising. Binge eating disorder is similar to bulimia nervosa, except without the purging phase. Other specified feeding or eating disorders are disorders that are similar to, but don't fully fit, the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Some patients who suffer from personality disorders also suffer from eating disorders; however, the precise link between these two types of disorders is still being studied.

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