Eating Disorders

The two most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. A third type of eating disorder called Binge Eating has been suggested, but has not been approved as a formal diagnosis. Most eating disorders develop in adolescence or early adulthood. It is common for eating disorders to co-occur with depression, substance abuse, or anxiety.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

People with Anorexia Nervosa see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin. Compulsive exercise or purging by means of vomiting and abuse of laxatives, enemas, and diuretics may be used to control weight. This disease can be lethal, but full recovery is possible with treatment.

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

People with Bulimia Nervosa usually have a normal body weight due to the purging after the binges. They have an intense fear of gaining weight and are dissatisfied with their bodies. People with this disease can be secretive, feel disgusted or ashamed after they binge, but relieved once they have purged.

What is Bring-Eating Disorder?

People with Bing-Eating Disorder experience frequent episodes of out-of-control eating; however, they do not purge their bodies of the excess calories like people with Bulimia Nervosa. Most people with this disorder are over weight and feel self-disgust and shame which leads to a cycle of binge eating.

What if you suspect a friend has an eating disorder?

Eating Disorders are very serious and can even be deadly. With professional treatment, recovery is possible. The earlier the condition is identified, the more likely treatment will be helpful, but it is never too late. If you think an eating disorder might be affecting you, call or stop by the UIndy Health and Counseling Center today to make an appointment.

Helpful links

National Institute of Mental Health, Information on Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association