Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact health, emotions, and the ability to function in important areas of life. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Signs and Symptoms
For anorexia, extreme thinness, intense fear of gaining weight, distorted body image; for bulimia, recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviors such as vomiting, fasting, or excessive exercise.
Sarah is significantly underweight but is intensely afraid of gaining weight and persistently restricts food intake. John regularly experiences episodes of eating a large amount of food in a short period, followed by forced vomiting.
Psychotherapy (especially cognitive behavioral therapy), medications, nutrition education, and in severe cases, hospitalization.
Why choose the treatment?
Therapy, combined with nutritional guidance, has been shown to be effective in treating eating disorders.