Eating Disorders

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  • A syndrome of maladaptive behaviors surrounding an individual's eating habits and/or an individual's attempts to maintain a low body weight. There are three eating disorders defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (text revision; DSM-IV-TR): anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorder, not otherwise specified, which includes binge-eating disorder. Anorexia is characterized by chronic and intense fears of gaining weight accompanied by ongoing attempts to limit caloric intake, resulting in a body weight consistently below what is typical for the individual's age and height. The disorder is typically accompanied by an absence of menstruation in women. Bulimia is characterized by discrete periods of eating in excess accompanied by a subjective sense of lacking control over eating behavior during these periods. Also, bulimia ...

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