Specific eating disorders that are reported on and are often considered the three major eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. There are a few other eating disorders that can be harmful to persons that act on them, but have not had as much exposure publicly. The less-promulgated eating disorders can have the same symptoms as one of the three major eating disorders, as well as the same psychological effects that the disorders cause and need some recognition. Any time that an eating behavior causes unhealthy distress, it should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to get the help that is needed.
Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
This category of eating disorders can have the same rituals that other eating orders have, although there are variants that make it otherwise specified. While there are elements that do not meet the criteria for a certain eating disorder, the person that is acting in the eating disorder still needs treatment to stop. Females, for example, that have anorexia nervosa may still have their period or maintain a normal weight. A person suffering with bulimia nervosa could only purge minimally and yet have the same mental issues that can only be pacified with professional help.
This category involves someone who repeatedly regurgitates and rechews their food before it is soured in digestion. Whether this is a involuntary or a voluntary process, the normal retching and nausea does not accommodate rumination syndrome.
This category is associated with someone who is addicted to healthy eating. While it is important to implement a healthy diet, orthorexia takes a healthy diet to a whole other level. Instead of just using food for energy and healing the body, the mind, and the spirit, the person that has orthorexia will obsess about the food and use staying straight on their diet to maintain their self-esteem.
Night Eating Syndrome
This category includes someone who skips breakfast and uses the later hours of the day to get their food intake particularly after dinner. Although this category may seem like binge eating, it is spread out over time rather than “binging” all at once. The person who is engaging in this behavior typically feels shame and guilt about their eating patterns and will try to conceal it from their loved ones.
Not all eating disorders are created equal. There are measures to see if someone is enduring any of the mental or physical symptoms of an eating disorder that are holding them back from getting the help they need.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive program that is designed to help those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol get sober. Our qualified staff uses holistic therapy along with 12-Step aspects to show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.
Call us today: