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Eating Disorder Definitions

(The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy)

Binge Eating Disorder"A newly delineated disorder characterized by bingeing not followed by purging. In this disorder, bingeing contributes to excessive caloric intake. Unlike bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder occurs most commonly in obese persons, and it bec omes more prevalent with increasing body weight."

Compulsive Overeating (COE) - (Becky Chase, MS,RD)Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists"Compulsive Overeating (COE) is not formally recognized as an eating disorder diagnosis. However, the term "compulsive overeating" is often used by professionals and their clients to describe a disordered eating pattern that includes repeated b outs of over eating in response to emotional triggers and an obsession with food and weight. People with COE are not necessarily obese. Dieting is often part of this disorder and can lead to subsequent overeating, causing a dieting/overeating cycle th at is repeated."

Anorexia Nervosa"A disorder characterized by a disturbed sense of body image, a morbid fear of obesity, a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight, and, in women, amenorrhea."

Bulimia Nervosa:"A disorder characterized by recurrent (at least twice a week) episodes of binge eating during which the patient consumes large amounts of food and feels unable to stop eating, followed by inappropriate compensatory efforts to avoid weight gain, s uch as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, vigorous exercise, or fasting."


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