Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are the main types of eating disorders. Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, says anorexia nervosa consists of people becoming very low weight and having an intense drive for thinness. They fear foods of gaining weight.

She also explains with bulimia, people might manipulate their weight through purging, vomiting and laxative abuse. She points out that purging can include restricting or over exercising. Regarding binge eating, she highlights that most people starving throughout the day may develop a binge episode, where they eat in large quantities beyond what the body needs.

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