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There are a number of eating disorders which many people suffer from,
and most people may not even be aware that the way they eat could be
classed as an eating disorder. Amongst the many disorders are the four
most notable; binge eating, anorexia, bulimia and obesity. Another
disorder vastly approaching the media limelight is bigorexia.
The Eating Disorders Association defines this condition as “…outward
signs of inner emotional or psychological distress or problems.” –
believing that people cope with the difficulties in their life though
food. “Eating, or not eating, is used to help block out painful
feelings.” There are various other definitions, and many can be summed
up with this definition: “A person’s perceptions, thoughts and
feelings about his or her body.” (Fisher 1990)
Reasons for the various disorders are varied. They are complex
illnesses where both the eating pattern and the psychological aspects
need to be considered and treated. Restoring a regular eating pattern

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