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Types Of Eating Disorders

The 2016 Baltimore Eating Disorder Symposium: A Wakeup Call

Events like the 2016 Baltimore Eating Disorder Symposium are a sign that people are beginning to be aware of the dangers of suffering from an eating problem, and they want to either prevent themselves from having it or cure themselves of it.

A knowledge and understanding of the definition and types of eating disorders are essential in being able to grasp the importance of healthy eating. Anyone can be affected by these disorders, but statistics have it that women are more inclined to succumb to an eating problem compared to the men.


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Bulimia And Anorexia

People with bulimia nervosa, which is described as bouts of purging, binge eating, over-exercising, and using laxatives, have insecurity and confidence issues. They feel that they need to do these things to make them feel better.

Those with anorexia nervosa, on the other hand, always feel and look at themselves as fat – even obese – despite their very small body frames. They also over-exercise but unlike bulimia, they don’t eat too much. Instead, they don’t eat at all.

These common characteristics of only two of the most common eating disorders are what will lead affected individuals to severe health conditions and even to their death.

Other equally crucial symptoms that one should look out for are:

  • Mood changes
  • Digestion problems
  • Worry, anxiety, and depression
  • Avoids social events or even family affairs
  • Irregular menstrual cycle for women
  • Abrupt weight loss or weight gain


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Seeking Help For Your Eating Disorder

Admitting that you have an eating disorder is not an easy thing to do, but the first step is confiding this to your doctor. Perhaps you could bring along a family member or a close friend to make things easier for you. The most important thing is that you are willing to follow your doctor’s advice, slowly but surely.

Perhaps you can educate yourself on the basics of eating disorders, including the other symptoms and of course the potential side effects their complications. Joining symposiums like the one in Baltimore last year tremendously helps people on this aspect.




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