Eating disorders are a frequent disorder that is all too widespread in today’s culture. Slimness is portrayed in the media and in the fashion sector. This disorder is most common during adolescence. An eating disorder is characterised by extreme disruption in eating behaviour, with the sufferer fearful of gaining weight and becoming obese. The most common eating disorder eating disorders are:
The word anorexia nervosa literally means “lack of appetite induced by nervousness”. The individual refuses to eat minimal amount of food fearing about the weight gain. She/he looks himself/herself into the mirror and feels that they are extremely fat and tend to avoid food even though they are extremely thin. Despite this, she/he wears baggy clothes, carry heavy objects with them to look heavier than he/she is. They tend to drink lots of water before they are weighted in public to increase their weight temporarily and sometimes even may starve to death.
The characterization of bulimia nervosa is by binge eating and purging behavior. Binge means eating large amount of food and purge means getting rid of excessive food from the body using laxatives, medicines etc.