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Common Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa: self-starvation. A person is afraid of gaining weight and believes s/he is fat even though s/he may be dangerously underweight.

Bulimia Nervosa: characterized by a binge eating followed by purging. During a binge a person feels as if they cannot control eating and will purge the food by vomiting, exercising, or taking laxatives.

Compulsive Eating: impulsive or continuous eating. Many people who develop eating disorders have irrational thoughts about their bodies—they believe they are too fat, too short or too tall, and want to be “perfect”. These thoughts make them obsess about their eating habits. Depression, loneliness and family stresses can also lead to eating disorders. To learn more, call any of the numbers listed in this section.

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