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Types of eating disorders

Published 26/03/2011 | 08:00

Ruth Ní Eidhin of Bodywhys says there are currently three eating disorder categories:

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Anorexia nervosa: A person restricts their diet and doesn’t eat as much as their body needs. They may also over-exercise and use laxatives. Over time, they will lose a substantial amount of weight and they may feel weakened and develop poor circulation. Their heart can also be damaged over a long period.

Bulimia nervosa: Twice as common as anorexia, bulimia is where a person will binge eat, ie eat more than their body needs at any one time. It involves eating very fast, usually consuming foods that are low in nutritional value. The person will usually binge eat by themselves, hiding their actions. They might sit down to their family meal as normal. To compensate for binge eating, the most common method they would use is to make themselves sick after a meal or after bingeing.

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specifi ed (EDNOS): Approximately 50pc of eating disorders would fi t into this category, says Ní Eidhin. “It’s when a person has some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for anorexia or bulimia so they are in a more grey area in terms of diagnosis.”

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