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Is an eating disorder always characterized by binging and purging?

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Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Bulimia involves bingeing and purging (through vomiting, laxatives, exercise or restricting).
Anorexia involves restricting (with a subtype of purging), and Binge Eating Disorder is eating large quantities of food at once. These behaviors are only part of the clinical picture, as a person's self-esteem, ways of coping, and attitudes towards relationships and conflicts are part of the diagnosis.

In brief: No

Bulimia involves bingeing and purging (through vomiting, laxatives, exercise or restricting).
Anorexia involves restricting (with a subtype of purging), and Binge Eating Disorder is eating large quantities of food at once. These behaviors are only part of the clinical picture, as a person's self-esteem, ways of coping, and attitudes towards relationships and conflicts are part of the diagnosis.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Can be insidious...

Per International Journal of Eating Disorders (6/2012): 13% of American woman over 50 experience symptoms of an eating disorder; 60% report that their concerns about weight & shape negatively affect their lives; & 70% are currently trying to lose weight.
These figures mirror the rates found among teens & young women. May closely link to depression, anxiety, social isolation & can be deadly.

In brief: Can be insidious...

Per International Journal of Eating Disorders (6/2012): 13% of American woman over 50 experience symptoms of an eating disorder; 60% report that their concerns about weight & shape negatively affect their lives; & 70% are currently trying to lose weight.
These figures mirror the rates found among teens & young women. May closely link to depression, anxiety, social isolation & can be deadly.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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