Eat in Excess or Eat too Less

Do you eat in excess or eat too less?

Eating Disorder

The uncommon habit of a person eating too much or too less is known as “Eating Disorder”. This disorder is largely seen in the teenage girls or the ladies. However, quite often, the small children also fall prey to this complication.

  1. Anorexia

If a person pursues one’s weight loss efforts even after losing 15% of the total weight, he/she may fall prey to anorexia. This is a disorder linked to the nervous system. The patient suffering from it either keeps oneself hungry or consumes the food with scanty calorie. Such a person is crazy after being slim, and his mind is full of the fear of weight increase or obesity. And, even if such a patient is very weak, he feels being overweight.

How to identify?

The family members or the people close to the anorexia patient can identify the disorder by a close observation. Sudden loss of weight, excessive weakness, yellowness and dryness of the skin, debilitating and yellowing nails, and headache and dizziness are some symptoms that can be helpful in identifying a person suffering from anorexia.


The cause of anorexia is very much connected to psychology. By the assistance and guidance of a psychiatrist and a counselor, it can be treated successfully. The family support and medication can be very much helpful in eliminating this disorder.

  1. Bulimia

A bulimia patient usually eats food in excess and quite frequently. However, he vomits the food after eating. The highly overweight patient fails to control his will power and thus keeps eating, and finally vomits when he feels guilty of overeating. Like the patients of anorexia, the bulimia patient’s mind is also full of the fear of weight increase, and he constantly keeps complaining about his body weight and shape.


Like anorexia, the treatment of bulimia is also done by a combination of medication and counseling. It can be eliminated through clinical counseling and nutrition education.

  1. Binge Eating

The possibility of binge eating occurs if a person keeps eating excess food randomly for the whole day or on some particular days. The patients suffering from anorexia and binge eating are often found to be suffering from binge eating. Oftentimes, the patient of binge eating feels compunction for his eating habit, and the anxiety engulfs him. This anxiety also indirectly compels him to eat more, and consequently, the person gains uncontrollable weight and thus suffers from obesity.

How to identify

If a person consumes two or three times more than the usual quantity of food regularly on some particular days, it should be understood that the he is suffering from the disorder of binge eating. The fear of not being able to control on eating, and the anxiety of eating together with others may compel such a person to steal and eat, or even inspire him to eat in a clandestine manner.


This disorder can be eliminated by the combined support and guidance of a psychologist and a dietician. Healthy diet should be given to the patient. Again, the patient is required to consume in a balanced manner as overeating can be harmful.

 This is also a disorder:

 Emotional Eating

The people suffering from Emotional Eating feel that food is their best friend. They keep eating whatever comes to their way, and due to their focus on eating; their minds remain away from the other problems or anxieties.

Compulsive Overeating

This is an addiction of eating some particular type of food. Seeing a particular type of food, the people fail to control themselves. The patients of compulsive overeating usually tend to overeat in order to conceal some emotions or feelings.

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