Types of eating disorders


Obesity is a condition where an individual is considered very over weight, with a high amount of body fat. The most commonly used tool in diagnosis is the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is calculated based on weight and height. A BMI of 30 to 39.9 would indicate that an individual is obese, with anything higher falling into the category of severely obese. However it is important to note that this method has its downsides such as failing to account for muscle and bone density.

Weight Management

Weight Management is a public health approach used to help people lose weight in a controlled way to obtain a healthier lifestyle and reduce risks associated with obesity and diabetes supplemented with education in nutrition and preparing meals to be effective and safe.

Compulsive Exercise

Although Compulsive Exercise is not recognised as a primary disorder, it is a strong symptom of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Often individual’s suffering from Bulimia Nervosa (BN) may use compulsive exercise as a means to control their bodyweight or to compensate for binge-eating episodes. An individual with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) will often use compulsive exercise to achieve further weight loss.

Other Feeding and Eating Disorders

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) was formerly recognised as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). According to the DSM-5, a person with OSFED may present with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is a serious mental health illness that may affect anyone of any gender, age or background and usually the behaviours done in secret because feelings of guilt are associated with shame. The condition can occur at any age and boys and men whom do not seek support are a growing cause of concern because of influencers through sports and fitness and across media portraying the stereotypical male physique. Sufferers of bulimia can and do develop serious physical health issues alongside dealing with anxiety and depression associated with this high risk mental health condition.

Binge Eating Disorder

A binge is an episode of excessive eating or drinking. People who binge eat very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they’re not hungry. Binges are often planned in advance and the person may buy “special” binge foods. Sometimes, a person will describe being in a “dazed state” during

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental health condition.  It’s an eating disorder where a person keeps their body weight as low as possible. People with anorexia usually do this by restricting the amount of food they eat. They may also make themselves vomit and / or exercising excessively. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

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