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Eating disorder self-test

National Eating Disorders Association

Eating disorder concerns

What are eating disorders?

Technically speaking, the “eating” in eating disorder refers to a set of eating habits, weight management practices and attitudes about weight and body shape. The “disorder” means that the eating-related attitudes and behaviors result in:

  1. loss of self control and other forms of behavioral inefficiency
  2. obsession, anxiety, guilt and other forms of misery
  3. alienation from self and others
  4. physiological imbalances which are potentially life-threatening

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized primarily by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Symptoms include:

  • Refusal to maintain weight at or above the minimally normal weight for height and age
  • Intense fear of weight gain
  • Distorted body image
  • Loss of three consecutive menstrual periods
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized primarily by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Symptoms include:

  • Repeated episodes of binging and purging
  • Feeling out of control during a binge
  • Purging after a binge (vomiting, use of laxatives, diet pills, diuretics, excessive exercise or fasting)
  • Frequent dieting
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized primarily by periods of impulsive gorging or continuous eating. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets. Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate or severe obesity.


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