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Published on March 6, 2014

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Defining Eating Disorders

Defining Eating Disorders

Defining Eating Disorders Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Dr. David Herzog, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a prominent expert on eating disorders. He founded and directed the Harvard Eating Disorders Center and the Harris for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Herzog played a leadership role in educating providers, school professionals and parents on the early identification and treatment of eating disorders. He and his staff authored educational materials throughout the year, including a newsletter and information for teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and others who are in contact with at-risk populations.

Defining Eating Disorders Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious, complex psychiatric conditions that are most often diagnosed during adolescence or young adulthood and are more common in females. Individuals with these conditions are preoccupied with the size and shape of their bodies and attach extreme importance to thinness. Those with anorexia nervosa are intensely afraid of gaining weight or becoming fat and impose severe restrictions on their food intake, often to the point of semi-starvation. Typically they have great difficulty acknowledging that they have a problem or need help. People with bulimia nervosa engage in recurrent binge eating followed by unhealthy behaviors (such as self-induced vomiting or misuse of diuretics or laxatives) as efforts to keep the food eaten during a binge from resulting in weight gain.

Defining Eating Disorders Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa What causes anorexia and bulimia nervosa? Although there are no definite answers, scientists have discerned that the development of an eating disorder is not attributable to any one variable. There are many contributing factors: body dissatisfaction; dieting; societal emphasis on thinness; neurochemical changes; obsessive thoughts and behaviors; genetics; personal or family history of an eating disorder, obesity, substance abuse or depression; a personal history of teasing; anxiety problems; perfectionism. Further research will continue to shed light on the complexities of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

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