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Is It An Eating Disorder?

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Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening, medical conditions that affect both physical and emotional health.

People with eating disorders often have:

  • Abnormal eating patterns or dieting behaviors
  • Obsessive thoughts about food, body shape, or weight
  • Psychological problems, such as depression or anxiety

Common Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Self-starvation
  • Refusal or inability to maintain a normal body weight
  • Preoccupation with body size and shape

Bulimia Nervosa

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating
  • Inappropriate behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting
  • Dissatisfaction with body size and shape

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

  • Recurrent binge eating without behaviors to undo the effects of binge eating
  • Repeated, unsuccessful dieting
  • Disgust, embarrassment, or guilt about overeating


The good news is that eating disorders are treatable.

Learn more about the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders treatment program and how it can help you, or a loved one, regain control.