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Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can affect your body in various ways.


A person with anorexia nervosa may starve or consume very little food

There are people who love and appreciate food. And then there is a part of people who eat just to survive. And, some develop an unhealthy relationship with food or eating practices. Do you know about eating disorders? Yes, some people suffer from serious psychological disorders that lead to poor eating habits. So much so that these habits can also sometimes be harmful. And one of the best ways to deal with this problem is to seek advice from health experts. But before you reach out, it’s important to know some of the common eating disorders. A page on Instagram called “Nutrition by Lovneet” shares an article dedicated to eating disorders.

The caption reads: “Eating disorders are serious conditions linked to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, emotions, and ability to function in important areas of life.”

1. Anorexia Nervosa

Many people already know this, specifically because anorexia nervosa is the most well-known eating disorder. It is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder that includes self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

2. Bulimia nervosa

This condition, bulimia nervosa, occurs when a person repeatedly binges large amounts of food and then purges it. Now here, purging the behaviors would mean forcing yourself to vomit, exercise too much, and use diet pills and laxatives.

3. Binge eating disorder

In this, people have episodes of binging on large amounts of food. A binge describes when someone consumes excessive food within two hours. Binge eating is accompanied by a trance-like state, later feelings of guilt and shame, and additional weight gain.

4. Pica

According to this, people end up eating things that are not considered food and provide no nutritional value. People with pica crave nonfood substances such as ice, dirt, earth, chalk, soap, paper, hair, cloth, wool, rocks, laundry detergent, or starch corn.

5. Rumination Disorder

This is a condition in which people spit out (regurgitate) food from their stomachs that they have already chewed and swallowed, chew it again, then swallow it again or spit it out.

6. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

This is similar to anorexia. However, in this area, people fail to meet your minimum daily nutritional requirements because they have no interest in eating. When they have ARFID, people avoid foods with certain sensory characteristics, such as color, texture, smell, or taste; or if they are concerned about the consequences of eating, such as fear of choking.

So if you think someone in your life has an eating disorder, your best bet is to

  • Individual, group or family psychotherapy
  • Medications
  • Nutrition advice

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Take care of your body and support those struggling with these eating disorders.

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