Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a form of mental illness which is usually characterized by irregular eating habits. These irregular eating disorders can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. Like most mental illnesses, eating disorders are quite complex. There are many factors that may contribute to an individual developing this mental illness. The actual cause of these eating disorders is still unclear but research has shown that the major factors that play a role mostly biological and psychological factors. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a type of an eating disorder where an individual has an obsessive fear to gain weight and has an unrealistic perception about their body image. Many people living with anorexia nervosa limit the amount of food they eat and constantly see themselves as overweight when they are not. This condition can lead to severe health impacts, such as brain damage, bone loss and organ failure.

    Binge Eating Disorder

    Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorders where an individual loses control over their eating habits. Unlike Bulimia, individuals living with BED do not purge their food after eating but may experience feelings of guilt and embarrassment because of their eating habits.

    Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder where an individual binge eats and purges the food after eating. Individuals living with Bulimia have a fear of gaining weight and they have a negative perception about the body images and weight.


    MentalWealth® ZA does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.