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Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Anorexia Nervosa is a type of common, well-known eating disorder that has a high death rate

  • People who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa restrict their eating a lot. However, individuals may sometimes binge eat and purge, where they consume large amounts of food in a short period of time

Bulimia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder

  • People diagnosed with this disorder have a strong fear of gaining weight or getting larger. To get rid of calories and prevent weight gain, people with bulimia may use different methods

  • For example, sometimes they will binge (consume large volumes of food), then use laxatives to make themselves throw up. Other times, they will over-exercise in hopes to lose weight

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a disorder where an individual consumes an abnormal amount of food in a short period of time. Sometimes, this results in the individual being unable to stop or control their eating habits

  • They may feel embarrassed or guilty about it afterwards

  • They don’t purge like people with Bulimia Nervosa and they might be overweight

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

  • A variety of well-known eating disorders, however, the disorders do not meet the standards to be diagnosed or get treated properly

  • Disorders that fall into this category also have a very high death rate

  • Many of them are identified as abnormal eating disorders under one big category

  • It is difficult for people to get the help that they need if they have these disorders

Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD)

  • Despite gender stereotypes, BDD doesn’t only affect women. Many men develop a subclass of BDD called muscle dysmorphia (MD)

  • People with this disorder are obsessed with having the perfect muscle and perceive themselves as less muscular and smaller than they really are. They change their eating eating habits to achieve their ideal goals

  • Based on this mentality, people will over-eat and over-exercise to reach their ideal body shape but will never feel like they achieve it


  • Type 1 diabetes who purposely reduce or stop taking their insulin to lose weight

  • Type 1 diabetes means that your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin (a hormone that helps blood sugar enter cells) so they need to take more

Orthorexia Nervosa

  • An eating disorder that is characterized by the need to eat “clean” and “pure” foods to the point that the individual becomes obsessed with this way of life

  • It is related to perfectionism, and it can lead to long term effects such as malnutrition

  • Drunkorexia refers to someone who wants to save their calories for alcoholic drinks instead of eating regular meals

  • This can lead to malnutrition from undereating



  • Someone that controls pregnancy weight gain through extreme dieting and exercise

  • They try to gain as little weight as possible and that can be dangerous for both the mother and the child

Steps/Tips To Get Help 
  • Go to the hospital 
  • The hospital will make a reference to a psychiatrist and give you a list of therapists that will help with you situation
  • The psychiatrist will make the diagnosis and create a plan that adjust and treat your circumstance
  • They will give you the option of go in-patient (get treatment at a hospital) or out-patient (get treatment at home)

Author Unknown, “Breathe Life Healing Center: All 12 Types of Eating Disorders Explained”, date of publishing unknown

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