An eating disorder has the potential to control your life and even be life-threatening. Therefore, they should not be taken lightly. When properly treated, the harmful effects of eating disorders can be reversed before significant damage is done to the body. Continue reading to learn about the different types of eating disorders.

What Are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which people either restrict themselves totally or severely limit the amount of food they take in. The condition is commonly called anorexia. This condition is potentially life-threatening as people become dangerously underweight. Those struggling with anorexia often view themselves as overweight, even if they may be severely underweight. This leads to restricting the amount of food they consume.

Bulimia Nervosa 

Bulimia Nervosa, or bulimia, is another potentially dangerous or life-threatening eating disorder. limits eating during the day, binge eating, and later purging. People with bulimia will often feel a lack of control over their eating and quickly consume large amounts of food, resulting in extreme guilt. In addition, bulimia often shows signs of purging, including calluses and cuts on the back of hands, reduced enamel, the use of laxatives, or over-exercise. 

Binge-Eating Disorder 

When someone is suffering from a binge-eating disorder, they may feel like they don’t have control over their food intake, similar to the other eating disorders listed. This results in someone consuming large amounts of food quickly, even after they already feel full. Episodes of binging are typically followed by immense guilt and shame. Unlike bulimia, this shame is usually followed by another binge episode instead of purging or overexerting. 

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder 

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID) is a condition that causes someone to fail to meet their daily caloric needs. Someone with this condition does not have an interest in food and is sensitive to specific tastes, smells, textures or colors. Someone with this condition might also experience a fear of choking but not of gaining weight.

When Should You Seek Help?

While these are a few of the most common, they are not the only eating disorders. To read about the warning signs and symptoms, you can read more here

If you or someone you love shows signs of an eating disorder, you should seek help immediately. Eating disorders tend to grow over time, harming your health and emotional state. Seeking help early can reduce the risk of an eating disorder taking over your everyday life and prevent further damage to your health. There is no shame in getting help.

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