What are eating disorders?

How to recognize the symptoms

Eating disorders are characterised by invasive problematic rituals, obsessions and behaviours surrounding food, appearance and weight related issues. These manifestations are often complexe and severe and generally have a negative impact on all aspects of the individual’s life who suffers from it.

The main eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Various other types of eating disorders exist however, and all disorders may vary in their intensity and severity. More than one disorder can exist at the same time, and the nature of the disorder may change over time.

Underlying causes

Underlying causes related to the development of an eating disorder are multiple. Biological, psychological, social and environmental factors are known to be influential. Rest assured that we consider the combination of all factors when recommending our treatment plan. It is quite possible that you will not identify completely with the definitions outlined on our site.

Know that it is not necessary to meet all of the criteria of an eating disorder to be followed at the BACA Clinic. All suffering related to your relationship with food and appearance that affects your quality of life, deserves to be heard and taken seriously. Whatever your nutritional preoccupations, if they make you unhappy, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Quebec woman suffer from an eating disorder

Canadians suffer from Anorexia and Bulimia

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of individuals suffering from eating disorders recover fully

“Dear eating disorder”

“I don’t want you anymore. I don’t want to see you appear anymore at each meal or every time I am hungry. I’ve had enough of your cunning and manipulation. I am hungry! I am so hungry! And there you are, watching me lose weight, watching me die, untouched and indifferent. I hate you from the bottom of my heart, from the pit of my stomach, from the depths of my being.”
– Anonymous

“I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you … Yet, I cling to you like a spider to its web. Although I hate you, I cannot seem to be get away from you.”
– B.P.

Learn more about the different types of eating disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Individuals suffering from anorexia will deliberately restrict their food intake. Over time, such restriction leads to significant weight loss.
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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating associated with some sort of purging such as self induced vomiting or fasting.
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Binge Eating Disorder

When it comes to Binge Eating Disorder,the recurrent episodes of binge eating are not associated with any form of purging.
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Others

Discover other types of eating disorders such as orthorexia, night eating syndrome, body dysmorphia.
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To consult all DSM-5 definitions of eating disorders, visit their website at www.dsm5.org

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