What are Eating Disorders?

Eating-Disorder-Dr. Prerna Kohli India's Leading Psychologist
Eating-Disorder-Dr. Prerna Kohli India’s Leading Psychologist

Psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.

These disorders are most common in teenagers. Hence, leading to body image issues, which in turn leads to low self-confidence, low self-esteem, and other behavioral problems.





3 broad categories of Eating Disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa

Individuals suffering from this disorder have an unhealthy obsession with being thin. They indulge in not consuming food and over-exercising to lose weight, although they might be underweight.

Thus, Anorexia is a prevalent disorder in today’s time and can in extreme cases lead to death.

  • Significant weight loss due to reduction in calories consumed
  • Fear of becoming fat, even though the person might be underweight
  • Distorted body image
  • Excessive dieting and exercising


Individuals suffering from Bulimia indulge in purging after consuming food with the help of medicines or other methods. Such individuals feel guilty after consuming food and therefore consume laxatives or throw up to feel better.

  • Consuming large amounts of food and then indulging in activities such as purging, consuming laxatives or over-exercising
  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes
  • Derive their self-confidence from their body image

Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop.

  • Frequent episodes of uncontrollable binge consumption
  • Feeling distressed after eating
  • Unlike bulimia, there are no regular attempts to vomit
  • Overweight