EATING DISORDERS

By: Zoey Regan and Savannah Nelson

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious problems in peoples everyday diet. Such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severly over eating.

What are the different types of eating disorders?

-Anorexia Nervosa

-Bullimia Nervosa

-Binge-Eating Disorder

Anorexia

People with Anorexia see themselves as overweight while others see them as very skinny. Eating food and weight control become daily obssessions. The person begins to literally starve themselves because of the fear of weight gain.

Treatment option(s):

-Helping the person return to a healthy weight

-Treating psycological issues relating to eating

-Changing a persons mind about the issue, and helping to eliminate behaviors

Bullimia Nervosa

People who have frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food. They cannot control it and after eating they usually follow it with behavior that makes them get rid of the food before absorbing it such as self- induced vomiting or excessive diet pill use. This is very harful for the person because they aren't retaining any of the nutrients they put in.

Treatment:

-Using some anti-depressants would help

-Nutritonal counciling

-Psyciatric help may be required

Binge-Eating Disorder

When a person loses control over their appetite and eating habits. Periods of binge-eating. People who binge-eat are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or other heart related problems. Many people experience guilt or shame about their eating habits which can lead to more stress eating.

Treatment:

-Similar to bullimia nervosa

-Psychotherapy

-Anti-depressants