The Different Types of Eating Disorders

12/03/2018

There are many types of eating disorders. In this post, we will review some of these types of eating disorders including:.

  1. Pica Eating Disorder
  2. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  3. Anorexia Nervosa
  4. Rumination Eating Disorder
  5. Bulimia Nervosa
  6. Eating Disorder NOS
  7. Binge Eating Disorder

Pica Eating Disorder

Pica Eating Disorder is characterized by eating non-nutritive or non-food substances such as paper, paste, dirt, hair, or clay.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), sometimes referred to as Selective Eating Disorder, is characterized by a lack of interest in food or an avoidance of certain types of food. Here are some characterizations of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID):

Anorexia Nervosa (AN)

Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder characterized by a definite restriction in caloric intake that results in low body weight. Here are some characterizations of Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder:

Rumination Eating Disorder

Rumination Eating Disorder is characterized by repeated regurgitation of partially digested food that is either re-chewed, re-swallowed, or spit out for a period of at least one month. Here are some characterizations of Rumination Eating Disorder:

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder characterized by having two distinct features: episodes of binge eating and recurrent compensatory behaviors in order to prevent weight gain. Both behaviors must be present to receive this diagnosis. Here are some characterizations of Bulimia Nervosa Eating Disorder:

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Eating Disorder NOS

Eating Disorder NOS is a diagnostic category for those who present with symptoms found in these disorders but don't quite meet criteria. These symptoms cause significant impairments in functioning and are readily viewed by the person, or others, as being disordered.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is a type of eating disorder not formally recognized until the publication of the DSM-V in 2013. This is extremely significant because it acknowledged a whole subgroup of those affected by this eating disorder and gave it the same clinical acknowledgement as the other eating disorders. In addition, with this new diagnosis come the ability to bill insurance companies which allows for greater access to care and treatment. Here are some characterizations of Binge Eating Disorder:

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To conclude, here are the 7 types of eating disorders we reviewed:

  1. Pica Eating Disorder
  2. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  3. Anorexia Nervosa
  4. Rumination Eating Disorder
  5. Bulimia Nervosa
  6. Eating Disorder NOS
  7. Binge Eating Disorder

Are you looking for a psychologist near me? An eating disorder psychologist can help you with one of these eating disorders.