Eating disorders typically involve focusing too much on weight, body, and food which leads to persistent negative behaviors related to eating that impact an individual negatively.

Types of Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is more than what we physically see, they’re complex mental health conditions. A variety of serious and often fatal eating disorders exist that require the intervention of medical and psychological experts. Those include: 

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge-eating disorder
  • Pica
  •  Rumination disorder
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder


When treating an eating disorder it is important to tailor to the patient’s individuals needs. Typically one of or a combination of psychotherapy, medication, nutritional counseling, and medical monitoring are used during treatment. An example of psychotherapy during treatment would be using cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce or eliminate negative patterns related to eating disorders. Aside from physical medical issues, patients with eating disorders often have other mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression which complicates their recovery.

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