Disordered eating patterns include a wide range of unhealthy eating behaviors, negative self-perceptions, and efforts to cope with feelings such as fear, sadness, inadequacy, and lack of control. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by intense fear of becoming fat, inaccurate perception of one's size and shape, restrictive eating patterns, and medical problems associated with dangerously low body weight. Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binges (eating enormous quantities of food at one time, and feeling powerless to stop) accompanied by extreme methods of compensating for caloric intake (self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, and excessive exercise are three examples). Eating disorders may be life-threatening. Although most sufferers are female, men, too, can have this disorder. College students are particularly vulnerable, but people of all ages suffer from eating disorders. Recovering from disordered eating patterns involves making changes in self-evaluations, expanding options and skills for coping with stress, and changing the ways in which one "uses" food.
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