The term, eating disorders, refers to a group of complex mental health conditions that stem from a preoccupation with food and weight. If untreated, these conditions can lead to severe emotional, mental, and physical health problems.
There are a variety of symptoms that patients with eating disorders may display and can vary depending on which disorder they may struggle with, but common symptoms of an eating disorder include:
- Food binges
- Obsession with food, weight, or body shape
- Purging behaviors
- Severe restriction of food
Eating disorders can affect anyone at any stage of life but are often reported in adolescents and young women.
In many cases, eating disorders may occur alongside other mental health conditions such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and substance abuse.
The term eating disorders, as mentioned above, covers a range of conditions and as such can stem from a variety of causing including:
- Environmental factors such as cultural and peer pressure
- Mental health
- Personality traits
Common Eating Disorders
There are many different types of eating disorders that can impact people every year. The most common eating disorders reported include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.