Thursday, November 30, 2006

The three most common eating disorders

Hello! Before I start speak about anorexia and bulimia I’d like to give you the general idea of what an eating disorder is.

Eating disorders are abnormalities in nutritional behaviour that concern physical, mental, and psychological health of a person. They are all about abnormal food consumption. This consumption may be excessive or limited, it may be quite normal but also include episodes of binging and/or purging; it may be about consuming of non-foods. There are a number of theories about causes leading to eating disorders.

Eating disorders are more noticed in women, as men often don’t make the fact evident. People who suffer from this or that eating disorder often have a severe mental depression.

Scientist distinguish between the following types of eating disorders:

- bulimia nervosa,
- anorexia nervosa,
- binge eating disorder,
- hyperphagia,
- rumination,
- pica
and others.

The most widely-spread eating disorder is binge eating disorder (or overeating). Also anorexia and bulimia are quite well-known. So the three most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. All of them have severe consequences to a man's health in the short and long run.

This blog will be dedicated mainly to anorexia and bulimia, their similarities and differences, symptoms, causes, consequences and ways of treatment.

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