WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS? Eating disorders are devastating behavioral maladies brought on by a complex interplay of factors, which may include emotional and personality disorders, family pressures, a possible genetic or biologic susceptibility, and a culture in which there is an overabundance of food and an obsession with thinness. When most people hear of someone with an eating disorder they almost automatically assume the person has a problem with food. Eating disorders are not a sign that a person has a problem with food, rather eating disorders are actually only the symptoms of underlying problems in that person's life. With proper treatment, people can fully recover. This section will provide you with definitions, signs and symptoms and physical / medical complications for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating. This section will also provide you with information in regards to the dangers associated with certain products used in an attempt to lose weight and who's at risk.

What are the FOUR general categories of eating disorders? 1. Anorexia nervosa 2. Bulimia nervosa 3. Compulsive Eating Disorder 4. Binge eating What are the PHYSICAL DANGERS of eating disorders? Anorexia Nervosa. delayed pubertal development.

shrinkage of internal organs. loss of menstruation. osteoporosis (thinning bones). severe constipation. infertility. weakness, fatigue, & fainting spells.

digestive problems. bowel and urinary problems. headaches. severe dehydration. hair loss and / or growth. heart failure.

death Bulimia Nervosa. broken blood vessels and swollen glands. kidney and liver damage. swollen or infected saliva glands. sore throat and pain.

teeth and gum problems. bleeding of the esophagus. weakness and fatigue. loss of menstruation. irregular heart beat. heart failure.

digestive problems. stomach ulcers. depression. death Compulsive Overeating / Binge Eating. hypertension or fatigue. weight gain.

arthritis. toxemia during pregnancy. shortness of breath. cardiac arrest. diabetes. varicose veins.

sleep deprivation. high blood pressure & high cholesterol. death.