|It is characterized by restricted energy intake leading to significantly low body weight in the context of the individual's age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health. It is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and a disturbance in the way one perceives oneself in terms of weight or shape.
|Individuals with bulimia nervosa experience recurrent episodes of binge eating, followed by inappropriate compensatory behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or excessive exercise.
|Binge eating disorder
|This disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, but, unlike bulimia nervosa, they are not accompanied by inappropriate compensatory behaviors to prevent weight gain.
|Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
|People with this disorder avoid or restrict their food intake, but unlike anorexia nervosa, they do not have excessive preoccupation with their weight or a distorted body image.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can present in a variety of ways, but all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and weight. Some of the common symptoms may include:
1 .Constant preoccupation with weight and body shape.
2. Restrictive or compulsive eating behaviors.
3. Feelings of shame or guilt after eating.
4. Intense fear of gaining weight
Role of the Psychologist in Treatments for Eating Disorders
Recovery from Eating Disorders
Recovery from an eating disorder is a long and often challenging process, but with the right treatment and support, it is entirely possible. As a psychologist, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where patients can explore and address their concerns about food and weight.