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Eating Disorders and Adolescents

Are you or your child suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders?
Center for Discovery can help. Center for Discovery has been helping teens and adolescents with eating disorders for over 17 years. Call toll free: 1-855-324-9428.

Other Types of Eating Disorders

Night eating syndrome is described as a lack of appetite in the morning & overeating at night. The individual typically has little to no appetite for breakfast, and delays first meal for several hours after waking up. People suffering from night eating syndrome eat more food after dinner than during that meal. They eat more than half of daily food intake after dinner but before breakfast. They may also experience difficulty falling or staying asleep, and wake frequently and to eat. The individual may feel tense, anxious, upset, or guilty at night or while eating. The behavior associated with this syndrome is not like binge eating which is done in relatively short episodes. Night-eating syndrome involves continual eating throughout evening hours. This syndrome is thought to be stress related and is often accompanied by depression. Orthorexia nervosa is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term. Individuals who have an “unhealthy obsession” with eating healthy foods may be suffering from orthorexia. Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but eventually turns into a fixation on food quality and purity. People suffering from this disorder become consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.” These individuals punish themselves if they deviate from their strict diet due to temptation through stricter eating, fasts and/or exercise. Their self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of their diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially in regard to their diet. Eventually their food choices become so restrictive, that ironically their health begins to suffer. Eventually, the obsession with healthy eating can replaces other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically dangerous.

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare disorder in which the key feature is a constant sense of hunger that usually begins at about 2 years of age. People with Prader-Willi syndrome want to eat constantly because they never feel full and usually have trouble controlling their weight. Many complications of Prader-Willi syndrome are due to obesity. This is a genetic condition caused by an error in one or more genes. Adults with this disorder typically also experience Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, are at increased risk of liver disease, and can have pain in their joints due to excessive wear and tear. Pica is characterized as the persistent eating of nonfood substances such as dirt or paint. Pica is most common in people with developmental disabilities, Pica also may surface in individuals who have suffered from a brain injury affecting their development. It can also be a problem for some pregnant women, as well as people with epilepsy. Pica can result in serious health problems, such as lead poisoning and iron-deficiency anemia. People with pica frequently crave and consume items such as dirt or clay, paint chips, plaster or chalk, glue, hair, paper, cigarette ashes or butts, or soap.

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