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The Case of “I Am Too Fat”

In a society where much premium is placed on looking beautiful, eating disorders are a commonplace problem.

In DSM IV-TR defines eating disorders as severe disturbances in one’s eating behavior. It includes two diagnoses – Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, and usually involves severe weight loss in order to achieve a desired body form. Eating disorders that do not fully meet the criteria for either of the two are categorized as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (ED-NOS). Binge-eating Disorder belongs to the latter group.

Recent studies have brought up other types of eating disorders such as Orthorexia Nervosa. Orthorexia Nervosa is described as an obsession for healthy food. People who suffer from this eating disorder usually have very strict diet and are quite critical of what other people eat. They do not engage, however, in purging as well as binge-eating but are usually thin because of the restricted amount and type of food that they consume.