Causes Of Eating Disorders

By: Tyler Ogden & Equoia Hampton

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed when patients weigh at least 15 percent less than the normal healthy weight expected for their height.
  • People with anorexia nervosa don't maintain a normal weight because they refuse to eat enough, often exercise obsessively, and sometimes force themselves to vomit or use laxatives to lose weight
  • symptoms:

• Menstrual periods cease
• Osteopenia or osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) through loss of calcium
• Hair/nails become brittle
• Skin dries and can take on a yellowish cast
• Mild anemia and muscles, including the heart muscle, waste away
• Severe constipation
• Drop in blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse rates
• Internal body temperature falls, causing person to feel cold all the time
• Depression, and lethargy

Binge Disorder

  • People with binge eating disorder have episodes of binge eating in which they consume very large quantities of food in a brief period and feel out of control during the binge.
  • they do not try to get rid of the food by inducing vomiting or by using other unsafe practices such as fasting or laxative abuse.
  • The binge eating can lead to serious health complications, severe obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases

Bulimia Nervosa Disorder

  • Individuals with bulimia nervosa can be slightly underweight, normal weight, overweight or even obese.
  • Patients with bulimia nervosa binge eat frequently.
  • often consuming thousands of calories that are high in sugars, carbohydrates, and fat.
  • They can eat very rapidly, sometimes gulping down food without even tasting it.