Most eating disorders involve focusing too much on your weight, body shape and food, leading to dangerous eating behaviors. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
People with anorexia use extreme efforts to control their weight and shape. When you have anorexia, you excessively limit calories or use other methods to lose weight, such as excessive exercise, using laxatives or diet aids, or vomiting after eating.
When you have bulimia, you have episodes of bingeing and purging that involve feeling a lack of control over your eating. During these episodes, you typically eat a large amount of food in a short time, and then because of guilt, shame and an intense fear of weight gain from overeating, you may force vomiting or you may exercise too much or use other methods, such as laxatives, to get rid of the calories.
When you have binge-eating disorder, you regularly eat too much food (binge) and feel a lack of control over your eating. After a binge, you may feel guilty, disgusted or ashamed by your behavior and embarrassment. The embarrassment can lead to eating alone to hide your bingeing.
Therapies for Eating Disorders
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
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