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Anorexia Nervosa

  • Significant weight loss (15% below the normal weight for height).

  • Refusal to maintain a normal weight for one’s height, body type, age, and activity level.

  • Continual dieting despite being underweight.

  • Fear of gaining weight and becoming fat.

  • Inaccurate perception of one’s body, such as feeling fat despite being underweight.

  • Amenorrhea (loss of menstrual period) in females.

  • Compulsive exercise.


Bulimia Nervosa

  • Frequent binges, or the uncontrolled, impulsive consumption of a large amount of food in a short period of time.

  • Purging behaviors following binges including self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diuretics, or diet pills, fasting, excessive exercise.

  • Preoccupation with food and weight.

  • Feelings of shame about the binging and purging.


Binge Eating Disorder

  • Frequent binges without purging behaviors.

  • Feelings of shame and self-hatred about the bingeing.

  • Often accompanied by excessive weight gain and obesity.


Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)

  • Other disordered eating patterns don’t fit into the other types of eating disorders or don’t have all of the characteristics of a full-fledged eating disorder.

  • Chewing food and spitting it out without swallowing.

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