O2SFoodHlth: Eating Disorders

December @ University

There are a number of eating disorders which affect people.

  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • binge eating disorder (BED)
  • other eating disorders (ENDOS)
  • food fadism

Eating disorders

  • involve abnormal eating habits
  • eat too much or too little
  • causes mental and physical problems

Nervosa is only added to the term to indicate psychological factors are involved.

eating disorder prevalence in australia

1 Million Australians have an eating disorder costing Australia $70 billion a year. 1 male dies to every 3 females. In 2012, 1828 people died from an eating disorder which is higher than the national road toll for the same period.

Anorexia Nervosa affects people who

  • have a serious problem with body image
  • think they are overweight even though they are often underweight and emaciated.

Bulimia Nervosa is a related disorder to Anorexia Nervosa and sufferers

  • eat large meals then compensate with self induce vomiting, laxatives or enemas.
  • will alternate with fasting and/or excessive exercise.
  • can…

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