We ran through 5 types of mental illnesses with 2 remaining, Depression and eating disorders. Since Depression is a part of all that we have talked about, we're going straight to the eating disorders.
There are 3 main eating disorders that we'll briefly cover: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge eating.
First, the most popular of all the eating disorders is Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa, the technical term, is defined as a significant weight loss from excessive dieting. In basic terms a person with anorexia nervosa starves themselves. It involves extreme weight loss of at least 15% below a person’s body weight. A person with Anorexia Nervosa fears becoming overweight, when in reality they may be just skin and bones...like Amy Winehouse.
Secondly, the next common eating disorder is Bulimia. Identified as Bulimia Nervosa, it is a cycle of binge eating followed by purging to try and rid the body of unwanted calories. Other forms of Bulimia include abusing laxatives, taking enemas, or exercising obsessively. Speaking of abusing laxatives, my Brother and I used to spike each other's Coke, Pepsi, iced tea, or any dark beveage with liquid laxative as a practical joke. It worked every time too. Just thought I'd throw that in there.
Anyway, there are two subtypes of Bulimia Nervosa. The first is the purging type, when a person regularly engages in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives or enemas. The second is the non-purging type, when a person fasts or excessively exercise, but has not regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, or enemas.
Finally, Binge eating, which has just recently become a classified eating disorder because of its secrecy, affects millions of Americans and is purportedly the most common eating disorder diagnosed today. Binge eating is characterized by consuming significantly large amounts of food, eating more rapidly than normal, eating until uncomfortably full, eating alone out of embarrassment, and feeling depressed and guilty after over-eating. Socially, behaviors such as avoidance can affect school, work, and other social activities.
On another personal note, I binge eat Reese Cups...I scarfs 'em.
Posted On : 10/12/2012 Author : Ed ChapmanCategories: anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, chap, depression, laxative, mental illness awareness week, reese cups