Anorexia, Bulimia, & Binge Eating
What is an Eating Disorder?  
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating
disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors
surrounding weight and food issues.  
They are serious emotional and physical problems that can have
life-threatening consequences for females and males.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by self-starvation and
excessive weight loss.
Symptoms include:

Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal
weight for height, body type, age, and activity level
Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”
Feeling “fat” or overweight despite dramatic weight loss
Loss of menstrual periods
Extreme concern with body weight and shape

BULIMIA NERVOSA is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge
eating followed by purging. Bulimia includes eating large amounts
of food--more than most people would eat in one meal--in short
periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through
vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercising.

Symptoms include:
Repeated episodes of bingeing and purging
Feeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point
of comfortable fullness
Purging after a binge, (typically by self-induced vomiting, abuse of
laxatives, diet pills and/or diuretics, excessive exercise, or fasting)
Frequent dieting
Extreme concern with body weight and shape

OVEREATING) is characterized primarily by periods of
uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of
feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be
sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-
hatred after a binge. People who overeat compulsively may
struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can
contribute to their unhealthy episodes of binge eating. Body weight
may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.
Dr. Pamela Mark
Licensed Psychologist                                                          

provided by the
National Eating