In the United States today, at least 20 million girls and women and 10 million boys and men have suffered from an eating disorder at some point in their life.
Types of Eating Disorders
There are three types of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
- Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and extreme weight loss. Symptoms include refusal to maintain body weight at or above minimally normal; intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”; feeling “fat” despite dramatic weight loss; absent or irregular menstrual cycle, and extreme concern with body weight and shape.
- Bulimia Nervosa is a cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Sufferers consume large amounts of food and then get rid of it through vomiting, laxative abuse or over-exercise. Symptoms include repeated episodes of bingeing and purging; feeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point of fullness; purging following a meal; frequent dieting, and extreme concern with weight and shape.
- Binge Eating Disorder is uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond feeling full. While there is no purging, the individual may occasionally fast or diet. People who struggle with an eating disorder may also show signs of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can contribute to their disease.
Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers a weekly support group for families and friends who have a loved one suffering from an eating disorder. Understanding Eating Disorders for Family & Friends Support Group meets weekly at Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ. Please call 908-358-7773 for more information or click here for our Community Event Calendar for dates and times.
If you need a physician, consult the physician search or call Hunterdon Medical Center’s Physician Referral Service at 1-800-511-4462.
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