Eating Disorders are most common among teenage girls and women, and frequently occur along with other disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders. The poor nutrition associated with eating disorders can damage vital organs and in some cases cause death. The three most common types of eating disorder are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and compulsive overeating.
Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include: abnormal weight loss of 25% or more with no know medical illness, prolonged exercising despite fatigue and weakness, reduction in food intake, denial of hunger, peculiar patterns of handling food, and more.
Symptoms of bulimia nervosa include: attempts to control weight by diet, vomiting or laxative and diuretic abuse, depression following a binge, switching between binging and fasting, high-calorie binges, and more. Most people suffering from bulimia nervosa are within normal weight limits, although they may also be above or below the normal range.
The incidence of eating disorders in males is growing, so it is important to consider the possibility of these problems occurring in adolescent boys and young men.