The
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Eating Disorders


Definition:
An eating disorder involves an obsession with food, including eating not enough food or too much food.  Eating disorders can have severe effects on a person's health and well-being and in some cases result in death.  There are different types of eating disorders including, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. 


Obsession with food and counting calories, excessive dieting, drastic increase in time spent exercising, pre-occupation with body-weight and image, social withdrawal, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, feeling frequently cold, poor concentration, feelings of low self esteem, reduced motivation,  insomnia, irregular menstrual cycle (or loss of menstruation), visiting the bathroom after meals, use of laxatives, frequent vomiting, damage to teeth and gums, eating more than a regular amount, eating until one is uncomfortable, severe loss/gain of weight, depression

Living with an eating disorder has a great effect on a person's physical well-being and can result in death. A person may experience severe loss or gain of weight, disturbed sleeping patterns, low blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat among other symptoms.

Intellectually, a person may experience poor concentration, reduced memory ability, and low self-esteem.

Emotionally a person living with an eating disorder may experience depression, anger, and a great fear related to body image.  

Spiritually, a person may disconnect from others, or experience a loss of purpose and/ or spirituality.