Eating disorders are portrayed by an abnormal fixation with food and weight. Eating problems are far more noticed in women than in men due to the fact that men frequently do not seek help. However, these must not be ignored and proper care should be taken to combat them.
An eating disorder is a complicated compulsion to eat which ends up disturbing your physical, mental and emotional health. The eating can be excessive, to limited, might include regular eating punctuated with symptoms of vomiting, might include cycles of binging and vomiting or in certain cases might involve the ingestion of non-foods.
These eating disorders can often prove to be fatal. When people are obsessed with their shape, body weight and food, it is certain that the person is suffering from an eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa, binge-eating and anorexia nervosa are common eating disorders.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition in which people regard themselves as overweight even when they are underweight. People who suffer from this condition eat very little or nothing at all. These people are said to suffer from mental disorders and have a high mortality rate. These people have been seen to commit suicide or die from issues related to starvation.
Bulimia nervosa is a condition in which people keep on eating large amounts of foods. Because they cannot control their urge to eat, they resort to certain practices to get the food out of their system. They resort to fasting, too much exercising, use of laxatives or diuretics, vomiting and sometimes a combination of these practices.
Binge-eating disorder is a condition in which people do not have any control over their eating and unlike bulimia nervosa, they do nothing to get the excess food out of their system. These people usually eat alone because they are ashamed to eat so much in front of others. As a result these people end up being either obese or overweight.