Eating Disorders

By: Abigail Cargnel

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is any range of a psychological disorders characterized by abnormal of disturbed eating habits.

There are three types:

  • Anorexia - eating a very small amount of food or not eating at all and exercising excessively.
  • Bulimia - eating a normal amount of food or a very large amount of food in a short period of time but making yourself throw up or using laxatives after eating.
  • Binge Eating - having episodes of eating large amounts of food in a short amount of time that are uncontrollable.


Symptoms:

  • skipping meals
  • excessive focus on healthy eating
  • withdrawal from normal social activities
  • persistent worry or complaints about being fat or talk of losing weight
  • eating much more food than considered normal
  • expressing disgust, depression, shame, or guilt about eating habits

Causes:

  • low self esteem
  • feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life
  • depression, anxiety, anger, stress or loneliness
  • history of sexual abuse
  • bullying due to size, weight or appearance
  • difficulty expressing emotions and feelings
  • stress
  • insecure about body image

If you are struggling with an eating disorder don't be scared. Talk to someone. You can talk to a parent, a friend, a sibling, or even a school counselor. Just know that you are not alone.