Essay about Eating Disorders : Eating Disorder

1080 Words May 5th, 2016 null Page
Introduction For years, eating disorders have effected the self-esteems and lives of many, many people. Eating disorders impact males and females, people of all ages and ethnicities. In fact, the majority of the population will be affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Until three years ago, there were only two eating disorders in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. After great effort and the completion of much research, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), has recently added binge eating disorder as its own official disorder, rather than just a symptom of bulimia nervosa, to its fifth edition. So, what has made binge eating disorder qualify as its own eating disorder? Questions about binge eating were raised in the fourth edition of the DSM, when it was listed as EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). It was not classified as a distinct disorder at that time because the pool of scientific research surrounding this disorder was not large enough and psychological professionals had not yet identified specific symptoms that could be consistently correlated to binge eating disorder. The questions and concerns raised however, gave researchers a call to action to carry out extensive tests and keep a watchful eye out on the devel
Niaves 2 opments that unfolded through the research and studies that were related to binge eating disorder. As of 2013, the newest edition of the DSM-5,…

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