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Do You Suffer From an Eating Disorder?

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There are many types of eating disorders from self-starvation to over-consumption to craving non-food items. All of the disorders are characterized by extremes in relation to people and food. Negative self-image is related to many of the disorders. Individuals with one of these conditions might feel ashamed when eating food outside of their specific diet or exercise plan. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek help, such as calling the National Eating Disorders Association helpline. Here are the most common eating disorders and the warning signs that go with them.

10. Anorexia Nervosa

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This is an eating disorder that occurs when a person starves him or herself and experiences excessive weight loss. A person suffering from this disorder will feel overweight despite being considerably under the normal healthy weight for their body size and type. They will often skip meals and avoid meeting with people during typical lunch or dinner hours. They will refer to themselves as being fat. The suffering individual is very concerned and fearful about gaining weight. They will deny being hungry, and refuse to eat in most or all situations.

9. Bullemia Nervosa

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This disorder is when the individual eats, but goes to the bathroom immediately after a meal to purge. You may hear vomiting sounds from the bathroom. A person suffering from this disorder may say the vomiting is from a stomach flu. Other signs a person is bulimic is they over-use laxatives and diet pills. They might diet or fast between bouts of binge eating. Just like with Anorexia, those suffering from Bullemia are very concerned with their body weight and shape.

8. Compulsive Eating Disorder

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Binge eaters will overeat on junk food that is high in sugar, fat and greasy fast foods. Sometimes this occurs to the point of sickness. After binging, the suffering individual may feel ashamed or depressed. Compulsive eating is an addiction to the sugar and fats in certain foods. People who are compulsive eaters are addicted to specific endorphins that come from these foods.

7. Drunkorexia

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Do you know someone who isn’t eating as much during the day so he or she can party harder at night? This is what’s known as drunkorexia, the unofficial term to describe the limitation of food calories in favor of alcohol. Someone suffering from drunkorexia may also suffer from alcoholism or binge-eating disorder. It’s also possible that alcohol consumption is intended to induce vomiting, which could mean someone has a bullemic disorder.

6. Anorexia Athletica

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A person suffering from anorexia athletica will attempt to work off calories from meals by going to the gym. Compulsive exercising coupled with limiting calories is a dangerous combination that can lead to malnutrition. This condition mostly occurs with athletes that are nearing a professional level, but it can happen among the general population. Anorexia athletica is associated with feelings of guilt from not maintaining a specific, rigid exercise schedule. Those who suffer from the disorder may base their own self-worth on the amount of exercise they complete.

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