What Is the Relation Between Eating Disorders and Trauma?

What Is the Relation Between Eating Disorders and Trauma?

A recent study examines the association between eating disorders and different types of trauma. Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal eating and eating-related behaviors. Three common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa , bulimia nervosa , and binge-eating disorder . I briefly describe these disorders below. People who meet the criteria for anorexia nervosa have a severe fear of becoming fat; they also experience body image distortions (e.g., perceiving themselves to be overweight even when, objectively speaking, they are underweight). People with anorexia restrict their food intake to the point that their weight falls below what is considered minimal normal weight (as determined by their age, height, etc).

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