Eating Disorders

              Shri Rishi Psychiatry Clinic – Eating Disorders treatment


It’s commonly held the misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. These are actually serious and often fatal illnesses, which are associated with a marked disturbance in peoples eating-related behavior, thought and emotions. Eating disorders can harm the heart, digestive system, bones, and teeth and mouth, and lead to other diseases.
Preoccupation with food, body weight, and shape may be suggestive of eating disorders. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and bing-eating disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa:

  • A person having Anorexia Nervosa sees himself/herself as overweight even though in reality he/she may be severely underweight. Because of this wrong belief, they severely restrict their diet, or do excessive exercise or use laxatives to lose weight.
  • Anorexia nervosa characterized by loss of body weight and refusal to eat. Appetite is usually intact. But due to hyper-concern about body weight they refuse or decrease eating. Common in young girls. These girls are skinny, thin and may look illness which later followed by many medical complications.
  • Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. While many people with this disorder die from complications associated with starvation, others die of suicide.
  • The main concern of a person is an intense fear of gaining weight and distorted self-image.

Bulimia Nervosa:

  • Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent and frequently eating a large amount of food and feeling of lack of control over this kind of episodes. This binge-eating is followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors.
  • In this type of eating disorder main belief is same of overweight and to try to reduce it as much as possible, but a person could not stop the urge to eat so they eat and then vomiting it out or doing heavy exercise.
  • Unlike Anorexia Nervosa person having this illness may be slightly underweight, normal weight, or over overweight.

Binge Eating Disorder:

  • Binge eating disorder is a variant of bulimia nervosa with occasional, once a week, binge eating with no compensatory action like vomiting, purging or exercise. Because of this, these peoples are mostly overweight or obese.
  • Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about their eating pattern.

Pica and feeding disorders of children:

  • Seen in children with emotional disturbance. For detailed explained in child psychiatry section.

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