Anorexia Nervosa And Binge Eating Disorder Essay

996 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
There are three common types of eating disorders and are each defined with a different food behavior; Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and Binge eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a distorted body image and severe dietary, which limits the quantity of food intake to a very small amount, that leads to a significant low body weight accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight. According to the Program for Eating Disorders of Toronto, approximately 0.5% of the Canadian population suffers from anorexia nervosa, which corresponds to approximately 150,000 individuals. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of 15% of the individuals suffering from the illness (Chair, 2014, p.12.). The second type of eating disorder is Bulimia nervosa, which is defined by recurrent episodes of eating an excessive amount of food and losing control during these frequent episodes. These episodes are called a binge (which defines the name of the type of ED). Bulimia is characterized by the purging behaviors (vomiting or intake of laxative) following the binge episodes in order to avoid weigh gain. In comparison of the Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa affects twice as many individuals, approximately 1% of the total Canadian population and/or 300,000 individuals. However, the mortality rate within this type of illness is fewer and corresponds to 5% of the individuals with the illness (Chair, 2014, p.13). Finally, the third type of ED is known as being Binge eating…

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