Eating disorders or disordered eating habits are characterized as an unhealthy relationship with food, in which food is consumed or not as a way of dealing with underlying emotions. The most common types are known as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. There are other types too such as orthorexia and night eating syndrome. 

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Types of Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by low weight, a desire to be thin, fear of gaining weight and will have strict restrictions of food. Most people struggling with anorexia will often have a negative and distorted view of their body, believing that they are overweight when in fact they are under. It will be difficult for a person with anorexia to acknowledge they have a problem and need to seek help. However, for those that have been able to make the step of acknowledgment, they will begin to find themselves on a potential road to recovery. Behaviors usually observed in people with anorexia will be such things as use of laxatives, weight loss products, will often engage in excessive exercise and may self-induce vomiting. There are many complications that can result from anorexia such as osteoporosis, infertility, cardiac arrest, diabetes and as far as women are concerned,  will often stop having their menstrual cycles which will further reinforce the negative cycle. 

  • Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging cycles in an attempt to control weight. The person will eat excessive amounts in a very short period of time followed by self-induced vomiting. Some may use other strategies in order to manage their weight such as using diuretics, laxatives, excessive exercise, water fasting and other. Self-induced vomiting may result in many medical complications including thickened skin on the knuckles, teeth breakdown due to acidity and damage of the oesophagus. Other side effects of the continued behavior ultimately leads to further weight gain, mood disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders and suicidal ideations to name only a few. 

  • Binge Eating Disorder is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of excessive eating without purging. A feeling of loss of control leads to feelings of guilt and shame which can also lead to developing other mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression and many other co-morbid disorders may result. 

Eating disorders are the deadliest of all mental health disorders, however with the right treatment approach, recovery is possible. 



Choices Retreats Holistic Eating Disorder Treatment

Our evidence-based Choices Retreats personalized programs are an ideal opportunity to learn to understand the mechanism behind your eating disorder in order to know the choices you have to cope in more effective ways to gradually lead you towards a more wholesome recovery. The most important aspect is for you to want to get better and change your life. We will simply assist by showing you the way.

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