An eating disorder represents a psychological condition wherein an individual resorts to manipulating their food intake as a means of dealing with emotions and various circumstances.
Unfavourable eating habits may encompass consuming excessive or inadequate amounts of food, as well as becoming excessively preoccupied with body weight and shape.
The most common eating disorders are:
- Anorexia nervosa – attempting to regulate one’s weight by restricting food intake or engaging in excessive exercise, or sometimes both.
- Bulimia – a loss of control over eating habits, followed by extreme measures to prevent weight gain.
- Binge eating disorder (BED) – consuming large quantities of food until feeling uncomfortably full.
- Spending an excessive amount of time preoccupied with body weight and shape.
- Avoiding social gatherings when food is involved.
- Consuming very limited amounts of food.
- Indulging in harmful behaviours such as self-induced vomiting or using laxatives after meals.
- Engaging in excessive exercise.
- Following extremely rigid food-related habits or routines.
- Experiencing shifts in mood, including withdrawal, anxiety, or depression.
You may also observe physical indications, such as:
- Feeling unusually cold, fatigued, or dizzy.
- Experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness in your limbs (indicative of poor circulation).
- Experiencing a racing heart, fainting, or dizziness.
- Experiencing digestive issues like bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea.
- Noticing significant deviations in weight for your age and height, either too high or too low.
- Experiencing irregularities in menstruation or other delayed signs of puberty.