Introduction to Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a psychological compulsion to eat, or not eat, in a way which upsets physical and mental health. Symptoms of eating disorders can be seemingly extreme, or extensions of culturally acceptable behavior. The symptoms may be excessive eating (like compulsive over-eating); too little eating; may include normal eating followed by episodes of purging; or may encompass the ingesting of non-foods. The most commonly known eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.