Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions characterized by an unhealthy relationship with food and eating behaviors that have an adverse effect on health, for example, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Symptoms vary depending on the disorder, but common signs of an eating disorder include preoccupation with body shape, weight, and food; digestive issues, such as constipation or diarrhea; kidney failure; and other mental health problems. Eating disorders can also lead to malnutrition and may result in other diseases and complications of the heart, digestive system, and bones,
Treatment of eating disorders may involve talk therapy, counseling, nutrition therapy, hospitalization. Medication to treat associated conditions may also be prescribed, for example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) and other antidepressants. Other medication may also be prescribed to help curb urges to binge or purge.