What Is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are serious conditions in which a person becomes extremely concerned with food and/or weight gain. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder classified by the obsession to be thin through self-starvation. People with anorexia may refuse to eat or frequently skip meals. Signs of anorexia could also be excessive exercising, negative self-image, thin appearance, or intense fear of gaining weight.
Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder classified by episodes of binge eating then purging. Binging is typically defined as consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. Purging will generally result in vomiting and/or excessive exercise to rid extra calories from the binge. Signs of bulimia may include frequent trips to the bathroom during or after dining, damage to teeth and gums from vomiting, and/or negative body image.
Binge-eating disorder is classified binge eating without the attempt to rid oneself from excessive calorie intake or weight gain. Binge-eaters will eat when they are not hungry or continue to eat even after they become excessively full. Signs of binge-eating may include eating to the point of discomfort and pain, feelings of shame from over eating triggering another binge, and frequently eating alone.
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Physical Signs of Eating Disorders
An eating disorder is typically caused by an obsession with food and/or weight. This can cause mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and/or compulsive behaviors. However, eating disorders can also cause severe physical complications including heart problems, dehydration, fatigue, muscle weakness or loss, bowel or gastrointestinal troubles, organ failure, and/or bone loss and weakness. Without proper treatment or care, an eating disorder could cause death.
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SSD and Eating Disorders
If you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder and are unable to work due to the physical and mental complications caused by an eating disorder, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. It is very important for your Social Security disability claim that you are under the treatment of a physician. The law firm of Berger and Green has more than 35 years of experience helping people get the benefits that they deserve. If you would like a free consultation for your SSD or SSI claim, call (412) 661-1400.
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