Many different eating disorders affect many young men and women. Anorexia and bulimia are two of the most common eating disorders. The third most common type is binge eating disorder. One powerful symptom of an eating disorder is extreme negative mood and attitude changes regarding one’s weight and food intake. These diseases can cause very serious physical and emotional problems for both males and females; for some it is a life threatening disease. A full-blown eating disorder can be quite physically and emotionally damaging. Someone displaying any of these symptoms should seek immediate professional medical
Compulsive overeating or binge eating is when someone has uncontrolled or impulsive periods when he will eat until he feels comfortably full. There is no vomiting, excessive exercise, or laxative abuse with this disorder. The person engages in repetitive fasts or diets and has feelings of self-hatred or shame after each episode. This disorder can also bring on feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Having these feelings will lead to a continuation of this difficult cycle; the person will eat even more. A person who binge eats will have a weight that ranges from obese to normal.