Different kinds of eating disorders

An eating disorder is a psychological disorder that is distinguished by disturbed eating behaviour. In most cases, people dealing with an eating disorder often have a disrupted body image and are afraid to gain weight. To prevent gaining weight we see that individuals suffering from an eating disorder continuously watch what they eat, exercise excessively or use different methods to prevent gaining weight.

In other cases, individuals experience feelings of a loss of control while eating significantly more than other people in a short period of time. On this page we created a clear overview of the different types of eating disorders which are treated here at Rise Treatment Centre.

Anorexia Nervosa

Individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa experience preoccupation with their body weight or shape, resulting in limiting food intake and weight loss. People with Anorexia Nervosa are afraid to gain weight and therefore obsessed with losing weight. Because of the unhealthy weight loss, Anorexia Nervosa can have some serious consequences for body and health.

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Binge Eating Disorder

 Individuals suffering from B.E.D (Binge Eating Disorder) experience repeated instances of eating significantly more than what most people would eat in a short period of time. People suffering from B.E.D do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviours. B.E.D. can be triggered by emotions like anger or sadness, and can result in feelings of guilt and shame about the binge eating behaviour.  

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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder with recurrent binge eating in a certain pattern. This eating disorder is characterized by repeated instances of eating significantly more food than what most people would eat in a short period of time. After the period of binge eating, feelings of guilt arise resulting in attempts to compensate for the food eaten.

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Orthorexia Nervosa

Orthorexia Nervosa is often part from other eating disorders. If you suffer from Orthorexia Nervosa you are continuously working to eat responsibly and healthy. Eating 'unhealthy' products is something you find scary and prefer not to do. Unhealthy and obsessive thoughts, emotions and behaviours about eating ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’ food can drive individuals to isolate themselves from their friends and family.

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Individuals suffering from Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED) show symptoms of all other eating disorders, which do not meet the strict criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, B.E.D or ARFOD. OSFED can result in severe medical complications and other psychiatric illnesses. The most important thing to look out for is attitudes about food and weights.

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The nutritional disorder ARFID stands for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. The most important symptom is a limited or restrictive diet, resulting in a serious shortage of important nutrients, which can lead to weight loss, social problems and psychosocial impairments. With this disorder, the body's image is normal until Anorexia Nervosa occurs.

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