Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.
People with eating disorders use food to deal with uncomfortable or painful emotions. Restricting food is used to feel in control. Overeating temporarily soothes sadness, anger, or loneliness. Purging is used to combat feelings of helplessness and self-loathing. Over time, people with eating disorders lose the ability to see themselves objectively and obsessions over food and weight come to dominate everything else in life.
There are three main types of eating disorders:
* Anorexia nervosa, which involves excessive dieting and weight loss
* Bulimia nervosa, which involves binge eating followed by purging (self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas) and/or other weight-control measures, such as diet pills, excessive exercising, or fasting
* Binge eating disorder, which involves binge eating without much effort to control weight
Celebs with eating disorder:
Princess Diana (bulimia), Nichole Richie, Paris Hilton, Keira Knightley, Audrey Hepburn, Elton John, Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, etc (anorexia)