Eating Disorders Essay

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Developmental Psychology Eating Disorders 1. An eating disorder is characterized by a persistent pattern of irregular eating or dieting behavior. These patterns of eating behavior are associated with significant emotional, physical, and relational distress. The line between normal variations in eating patterns and eating disorders can be hard to delineate. The diagnosis of an eating disorder can be difficult. The boundaries between normal and disordered eating are somewhat blurry. Many patients with clearly disordered eating do not meet the formal diagnostic criteria for one of the specific disorders and are classified as having EDNOS*. The failure to meet formal criteria does not necessarily mean that the individual does not have a serious and significant disorder. Formal evaluations for diagnosis and treatment should only be made by qualified clinicians. *Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) : There are numerous variants of disordered eating in addition to binge eating disorder that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, but are still eating disorders requiring treatment. A substantial number of individuals with eating disorders fit this category. Individuals with eating disordered behaviors that resemble anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa but whose eating behaviors do not meet one or more essential diagnostic criteria may be diagnosed with EDNOS. Examples of EDNOS include individuals who regularly purge but do not binge eat, individuals who meet criteria for anorexia nervosa but continue to menstruate, and individuals who meet criteria for bulimia nervosa, but binge eat less than twice weekly. Anorexia Nervosa : Is an eating disorder that involves the relentless pursuit of thinness through starvation. Individuals with anorexia nervosa are unable or unwilling to maintain a body weight that is

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