Eating Disorders

The category of Eating Disorders includes Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating, and Emotional Compulsive Overeating. Having an Eating Disorder is much more than just being on a diet. An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of your life, and is caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences. It is a reaction to low self-esteem and a result of ineffective coping skills. Between 4% and 20% of young women and men practice unhealthy patterns of dieting, purging, and binge-eating. Eating Disorders commonly co-occur with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Panic Disorders and other anxiety disorders. In addition, people suffering from Eating Disorders may also exhibit other addictive or self-destructive behaviors.

Associated Features

  • Dramatic weight loss or gain within a short period of time
  • Preoccupation with food and cooking
  • Obsession with weight (even if “average” weight or thin)
  • Chronic dieting on a variety of popular diet plans
  • Obsession with calories and fat in food contents
  • Visible food restriction and self-starvation
  • Visible bingeing and/or purging
  • Use or hiding use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup, or enemas
  • Self-defeating statements after food consumption
  • Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, and frequent self-deprecation
  • Need for acceptance and approval from others
  • Vague or secretive eating patterns and rituals
  • Self-blame on weight as a result of failure in social or professional relationships
  • Holding the belief that life will be better if weight was decreased