Body Fat and Eating Disorers

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Body Fat and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which the mind is so focused on food and weight that the mind can focus on little else. The most widely commonly referred to eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, obesity, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders. Eating disorders can have a number of serious affects on the body, both physically and mentally. It is very important that the body receive proper nutrition through a balanced diet and the proper amount of foods being eaten.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the person has an intense fear of gaining weight. The person in many cases will limit all fat and sugar from their diet as well as limit portion sizes to miniscule amounts. People who suffer from anorexia nervosa have poor body image and see themselves as fat even if they are extremely thin. People who suffer from anorexia can experience weakness, thinning hair, constipation, low blood pressure, feeling cold, or if they are female stop having a period.

Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders. A person who suffers from bulimia will eat a large quantity of food in a short amount of time, this is also known as binging, then after eating, they will begin to suffer from extreme guilt and try to expel the food from the body by throwing up, using laxatives, or excessive exercise. People who suffer from bulimia may experience tooth decay or tooth loss over time, dry skin, thin hair or dull hair, swollen gums, bloating of the stomach, and lack of energy.

Binge eating disorder is defined by a person eating in excess constantly. On occasion, all people will over indulge or have seconds or thirds, but binge eaters will eat more than the normal people and in many cases hide the fact that they are eating so much. Binge-eating is classified when a person eats compulsively and cannot stop eating too much.

Obesity is a medical condition in which a person accumulates excess body fat...
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