Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. Individuals with eating disorders may have one or more of the following conditions:
People with anorexia nervosa think they are overweight when they are abnormally underweight. They are obsessive with their weight by malnutrition and/or excessive exercise.
Individuals with bulimia nervosa binge eat, and then purge their food intake by induced vomiting, laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors. People with bulimia nervosa usually do not look like those with anorexia nervosa (they carry a normal weight).
Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent consumption of large amounts of food. Feelings of embarassment and and compulsive urges are common in people who suffer from binge eating.
Eating disorders are complex and have many layers. It is possible for someone to have a combination of these conditions. If you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms, seek help. Eating disorders can consume a person, so it's important to seek help or treatment soon.