Eating Disorders

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which a person is so preoccupied with food and weight that he or she can often focus on little else. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at eating disorders in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You may have an eating disorder if you think about your weight very often and try to lose weight in unhealthy ways.

The main types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

If you have anorexia nervosa, you are very thin but think you still need to lose weight. If you have bulimia nervosa, you worry about your weight. You may overeat and then make yourself vomit, exercise a lot or take laxatives.

If you have binge-eating disorder, you may be overweight and overeat, then feel embarrassed and guilty.

Anyone can get an eating disorder, but they are more common in females and younger people.

If you have an eating disorder, you may not be eating enough to keep your body working well. Eating disorders can cause problems with your heart, bones, teeth, skin and digestive system.

If you suspect a friend or loved one of having an eating disorder, encourage him or her to seek help immediately. It could save his or her life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.