An eating disorder is a condition that causes disturbances in a person’s normal eating patterns. A person who has an eating disorder may restrict his or her caloric intake or overindulge on food. Eating disorders are extremely common during the late teen and young adult years. However, it is very possible for a person to develop an eating disorder during his or her childhood. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are the three most common eating disorders. Below is information about each of these three eating disorders:
Anorexia nervosa is a condition where a person eats limited amounts of food in order to prevent weight gain. Restricted eating, extreme thinness, an intense fear of weight gain and a distorted body image are some of the most common signs of this illness. Girls who have this condition may stop menstruating. If anorexia nervosa is left untreated, the sufferer will begin to develop other symptoms including bone thinning, anemia, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, lethargy and infertility.
Bulimia nervosa is an illness where a person eats an unusually large amount of food. After consuming an excessive amount of food, the bulimic person will force himself or herself to vomit. People who have bulimia may also fast, use diuretics or exercise excessively in order to prevent themselves from gaining weight.
Bulimia nervosa is sometimes hard to identify because people who have this disorder may have normal weight. In fact, some people who have this illness may be slightly overweight. Worn tooth enamel, severe dehydration and acid reflux are some of the most common symptoms of bulimia.
Binge Eating Disorder
People who have binge eating disorder chronically overeat. Unlike bulimics, those who have binge disorder do not try to purge, fast or exercise excessively. As a result of this chronic overeating, many people who have this condition are overweight or obese. Binge eaters often feel guilty about overeating, which can drive them to overeat even more. They are also at an increased risk for developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.
I Think That My Teen Has An Eating Disorder. What Should I Do Now?
The vast majority of people get over their eating disorders with the right treatment. If you want to know more about how we can help your teen overcome his or her eating disorder, then you should not hesitate to contact us. More information can be found at ParentResources.info. Call us today.