Eating Disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. They are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males. Anorexia Nervosa Characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Symptoms include: \tRefusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for height, body type, age, and activity level \tIntense fear of weight gain or being \u201cfat\u201d \tFeeling \u201cfat\u201d or overweight despite dramatic weight loss \tLoss of menstrual periods \tExtreme concern with body weight and shape Bulimia Nervosa Characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Bulimia includes eating large amounts of food--more than most people would eat in one meal--in short periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercising. Symptoms include: \tRepeated episodes of bingeing and purging \tFeeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness \tPurging after a binge, (typically by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills and\/or diuretics, excessive exercise, or fasting) \tFrequent dieting \tExtreme concern with body weight and shape Binge Eating Disorder (also known as compulsive overeating) Characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. People who overeat compulsively may struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can contribute to their unhealthy episodes of binge eating. Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity. Other Eating Disorders Other eating disorders can include some combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and\/or binge eating disorder. While these behaviors may not be clinically considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally draining. All eating disorders require professional help.