Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are characterized by severe disturbances in eating behavior. Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight. Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by repeated episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, and other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise. In both disorders, individuals may have a disturbance in the perception of body shape, image or weight.