Causes of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are a group of illnesses causing an unhealthy relationship with food. They combat the sufferer’s eating behaviors and emotions i.e. people with eating disorders are overpowered by abnormal eating habits that pose great risks on their well-being.

According to the American ‘National Institute of Mental Health,’ Eating disorders primarily affect girls and women. The Australian Psychological Society backed it that approximately one in ten individuals with an eating disorder is male.

There are three main types of eating disorders, they include:

  • Anorexia nervosa – Characterized by weight loss often due to excessive dieting and exercise. The sufferer strive hard to maintain a low body weight.
  • Binge Eating Disorder – Consuming large amounts of foods without any behavior to prevent weight gains.
  • Bulimia nervosa – Feeling of loss of control about eating. Usually characterized by behaviors to compensate for the overheating, such as self-induced vomiting.

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