Eating disorders are psychological issues characterized by notable and persistent irregularities in eating patterns and the uneasy feelings and thoughts that go along with them. They can be extremely severe conditions that have an impact on social, psychological, and physical function. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restricted food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorder, and pica and rumination disorder are examples of several eating disorders.
Most frequently, mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and issues with alcohol and other drugs co-occur with eating disorders. There is evidence that suggests that some people are more likely to develop eating disorders than others, but eating disorders can also affect people who have no family history of the problem. Treatment should address any dietary, behavioral, psychological, or other medical issues that may be present. However, people with eating disorders can restart healthy eating habits and regain their emotional and psychological well-being with the right medical care.