Eating is vital to life. We must eat on a daily basis to keep our bodies functioning efficiently. But sometimes, people find it difficult to eat in ways that are healthy. Emotions, stress and peer pressure can cause a person to alter their eating habits in an unhealthy way. The result can be an eating disorder.
Eating disorders are dysfunctional patterns of eating that can take the form of many different behaviors. From restricting and cutting calories, to over-exercising to compensate for calories, to compulsive overeating, to binge eating and purging. While there are many types of eating disorders, some of the most common ones include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Even though each has its own symptoms.
There are some signs that most eating disorders have in common: