Individuals with Anorexia view themselves as being overweight or “fat”, even when they are underweight. They have an intense fear of gaining weight and concerns of body image.
Individuals with Bulimia have recurrent binge eating episodes within a very short period of time and feel out of control. This is often followed by compensatory behaviors to prevent any weight gain, such as:
- Self induced vomiting
- Misuse of laxatives or diuretics
- Excessive exercise
Binge Eating Disorder
Individuals with Binge Eating disorders have recurrent binge eating episodes in a short time frame, without the need to vomit and not associated with compensatory behaviors.
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
Individuals with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder avoid eating or restrict the amount of food they consume due to lack of interest, sensory issues, or concerned about adverse affects of eating.
(Disclaimer: these descriptions are broad and are not a formal diagnosis)