Information on Eating Disorders

Anorexia | Bulimia | Obesity


The existence of someone struggling from a life-threatening eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia can be a devastating one.  So much can appear outwardly as if it’s about weight and physical appearance, which can be a part of the equation, but underneath it all there could be so much more happening. Many addiction and alcoholism treatment professionals will describe those various maladies as having so many similar, overlapping components to the degree that the terms are petty much synonymous.  With the case of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, there’s much more to the equation…

Anorexia Bulimia and Eating Disorder InformationThe single greatest thing to remember about those struggling with eating disorders is that hey are unable to simply remove the problem behavior from their lives. Everyone has to eat and whether the primary issue for them is overeating/obesity, binging, purging, anorexia or bulimia, at some point in the very near future there will need to be some eating of food taking place.  A common saying among those with food issues is that they need to “let the tiger out of the cage 3 times per day.” While those with drug, alcohol or gambling addictions can take extra steps to avoid slippery places that often encourage a relapse on their part, those with eating disorders are not able to do so.

The following terminology and descriptions have been provided by the National Eating Disorder Association – NEDA:

Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified and is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.

Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.

Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
A person does not have to be diagnosed with Anorexia, Bulimia or BED to have an eating disorder. An eating disorder can include a combination of signs and symptoms but not meet the full criteria. Read more about the individual signs and symptoms in this handout.


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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at:


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