Types of Eating Disorders

We often hear about Anorexia, but there are other types of Eating Disorders that are recognised by Health Professionals.

They are Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and EDNOS ( Eating Disorders not otherwise specified).

The Media also talk about Diabulimia (Misuse of Insulin by people with Diabetes ) , and Ortharexia , (Unhealthy obsession with eating healthy foods)

Many of the behaviours can overlap though, as people with Bulimia may restrict, and people with Anorexia may purge.

 

Causes

Eating Disorders are a very complex psychological condition, with no single known cause. It is believed that several factors might contribute such as:

• Stressful life events, experiences, or changes

• Emotional factors like: Low self esteem and poor self image

• Personality characteristics like: Perfectionism

• Culture

• Other mental health problems

• Bullying

• Dieting

• Biology

Some researchers are looking at genetics, and brain/hormonal activity, or family problems.

At TEDs we encourage families and sufferers to DITCH THE GUILT, and focus on recovery. Nobody asks to have an Eating Disorder, and we know it can be hard to accept your loved one has a mental health problem. You deserve our support.

 

Who Gets Them?

Females are more likely to develop Eating Disorders, (about 90% of sufferers), but this is changing as male Eating Disorders are on the increase. They often develop in adolescence, or early adulthood, but can develop earlier or later.