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There are three main types of eating disorders:
A person with anorexia tends to develop unusual eating habits, such as:
  • Avoiding food and meals
  • Picking out a few foods and eating them in small amounts
  • Counting the calories of everything they eat.
A person with bulimia will eat an excessive amount of food in a single episode and almost immediately make themselves vomit, or use laxatives or diuretics (water pills) to get rid of the food in their bodies. This behavior often is referred to as the "binge/purge" cycle. Like people with anorexia, people with bulimia tend to have an intense fear of gaining weight.
People with binge-eating disorder have frequent episodes of compulsive overeating, but unlike those with bulimia, they do not purge their bodies of food. During these food binges, they often eat alone and very quickly, regardless of whether they feel full, and often feel shame or guilt over their actions. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, binge-eating disorder occurs almost as often in men as in women.
(Click Eating Disorder for more info on this topic, including how anorexia and other eating disorders are diagnosed and treated.)
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