A common ideology of those with eating disorders is that if they lose enough weight, their problems will go away. Major warning signs of disordered eating include: excessive concern with appearance and/or weight, expressing shame or guilt about eating, feeling out of control, preoccupation with food, calories, exercise, etc., and/or a need to be perfect and without faults. Two common disorders are:
Anorexia Nervosa, which is characterized by a refusal to eat any more than is necessary to stay alive. A person’s intense fear of obesity leads to a distortion of his/her body image.
Bulimia Nervosa, which has similar symptoms to Anorexia Nervosa in addition to bingeing and purging. It is characterized by bingeing on large quantities of food (3000-5000 calories in one sitting) followed by ritualistic purging through induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, diet pills or other compensatory behaviors.
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