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Have you ever been told that you suffer from an eating disorder?

Eating Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia or Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder

Have you ever been told that you suffer from an eating disorder, such as:

Anorexia Nervosa,
Bulimia, or
Bulimia Nervosa, or a
Binge Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorder

Eating disorders fall into several categories, including anorexia, bulimia and bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (ENOS), which include binge eating disorders.

Signs and symptoms of eating disorders may be as subtle as parotid gland swelling with no identifiable cause or as obvious as enamel erosion in the case of bulimia, or cachexia in patients with anorexia nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a desire to maintain a weight of <85% of “healthy” weight, intense fear of weight gain, fluid and electrolyte disorders, and a decrease in metabolic rate.

Bulimia or Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia or bulimia nervosa is characterized by lack of control regarding food intake, overeating and compensation by use of laxatives, extreme excercise, and purging.
Signs and symptoms may include:

  • dehydration,
  • diffuse, asymptomatic, bilateral parotid gland swelling,
  • occasional submandibular swelling proportional in size to frequency of vomiting,
  • lingual and/or palatal enamel erosion of maxillary dentition, sometimes asociated with thermal sensitivity,
  • irritable bowl syndrome,
  • laxative and/or diuretic abuse
  • severe self-criticism
  • self-worth determined by weight.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge ED is characterized by recurrent eating of large volumes of food in a short period of time, and is accompanied by a feeling of lack of control of overeating.

In addition, it includes eating until uncomfortably full, eating when not hungry, eating alone for fear of embarrassment, feeling of disgust, depression and guilt for overeating.

Binge ED is typically not associated with the compensatory behaviors of anorexia and bulimia.