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Example 1   Compulsive overeating
Example 2  Anorexia

Anorexia is regarded as a substantial weight loss resulting from excessive dieting. Most women and an increasing number of men are motivated by the strong desire to be thin and a fear of becoming obese. Anorexics consider themselves to be fat, no matter what their actual weight is. Often anorexics do not acknowledge that they are underweight.
In their attempts to become even thinner, the anorexic will avoid food and taking in calories at all costs, which can result in death.
Anorexics is usually a continuous strive for perfection. They set high standards for themselves and feel they always have to improve these high standards. They usually always put the needs of others ahead of their own needs.
A person with anorexia may also feel the only control they have in their lives is in the area of food and weight.
Anorexics usually have low self-esteem and usually deny that anything is wrong. Hunger is strongly denied. Once they admit they have a problem and are willing to seek help, they can be treated effectively through a combination of psychological, nutritional and medical care.

Signs and Symptoms  
Physical/Medical Complications
Noticeable weight loss
Fatigue and lack of energy
Becoming withdrawn
Amenorrhoea(loss of menstruation)
Excessive exercise
Dizziness and headaches
Fatigue
Dehydration
Always being cold
Irregular heartbeats
Muscle weakness
Bloating
Excuses for not eating meals (i.e.. Not feeling well)
Loss of bone mass
Complaining of being "too fat", even when thin
Infertility
Evidence of vomiting, laxative abuse, diet pills .
Kidney and liver damage
Irregular menstruation
Depression
Difficulty eating in public
Hair loss
Depression, irritability, mood swings
Edema (water retention)

For more information on eating disorders check out the links bellow:


http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=337

http://www.edauk.com/

http://www.nedic.ca/


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