Symptoms and Diagnosis of Eating Disorders
By Susan Cowden, MS, About.com Guide
- What is an Eating Disorder?
- What Causes Eating Disorders?
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Other Types of Disordered Eating
What is an Eating Disorder?
Whether you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed, currently in treatment, or you simply suspect something may be wrong, this is the place to start.
What Causes Eating Disorders?
The causes of eating disorders are complex and varied. It is widely accepted that there are both environmental and genetic components to their development. Learn more about these causes here.
- The Causes of Eating Disorders: An Overview
- Biological & Familial Influences
- Media Influences
- The Role of Trauma
- The Influence of Athletics
Anorexia is characterized by self-starvation and is potentially life-threatening.
Bulimia is characterized by repeated cycles of binge-eating and purging.
Other Types of Disordered Eating
Many people struggle with other forms of disordered eating that don't fit the criteria for diagnosable eating disorders. Learn more about these problems here.