Eating disorders are conditions that occur in people who experience a difficult relationship with food. They may face extreme guilt with eating, a fear of weight gain, and an unrealistic body image. These thoughts can disrupt and take over their daily lives.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about 2 eating disorders: anorexia nervosa (commonly known as anorexia) and bulimia nervosa (commonly known as bulimia). Some people show signs and symptoms of both eating disorders.

Anorexia is an eating disorder that results in unhealthy weight loss. People with anorexia may have a distorted body image, and they restrict their calories and/or purge to reach unrealistic weight goals. Calorie restriction often involves increasingly narrow food choices, smaller portion sizes, and skipped meals. Guilt about eating can lead to purging through exercise, vomiting, or medications such as laxatives. Malnutrition can develop, with potential harm to typical growth and development....

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