Types of Eating Disorders

The Center • A Place of HOPE, an organization established by Dr. Gregg Jantz, helps people with mental health issues ranging from depression to eating disorders. Under Dr. Gregg Jantz’s management, the facility was ranked among the top 10 providers of its kind in America for the treatment of depression.

Institutions like The Center play a vital role in caring for individuals impacted by eating disorders, which are caused by a confluence of biological and social factors. Experts classify eating disorders into three main types: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. A fourth category, “disordered eating”, is frequently used to encompass all other eating disorders that are not in the three categories.

Anorexia nervosa manifests in individuals who, though underweight, believe they are overweight. This belief in turn leads to unhealthy dietary practices that can give rise to emaciation and, in extreme cases, brain damage and organ failure.

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by periods of rapid food intake followed by purging through vomiting, laxatives, or other methods. In the case of repeated vomiting, habitual acid reflux can cause damage to teeth and tissues in the throat. Moreover, bulimic behaviors give rise to dehydration.

Binge-eating disorder is similar to bulimia nervosa in that patients undergo periods of uncontrolled eating. However, these patients do not engage in purging, which in turn causes them to become obese.