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Anorexia nervosa others that aren’t listed here, depending on the disorder. Are you concerned you or someone you know may have an eating disorder? Nancy Rindfuss, director of the dietetics program at Syracuse University and registered dietitian nutritionist, says resources are the best thing you can give to yourself or to someone else with an eating disorder. When asked what she would recommend if a student were concerned about a friend, she responded, “I think the best thing to do is to refer them to a dietitian because they can help evaluate the person to see if there is a problem.” Most universities employ a dietitian who is trained in eating disorder management for students to access. If you’re concerned about a friend or family member, Horacek gives this advice: “Focus on what you notice and express concern, rather than focusing on what they’re doing. Saying ‘I noticed...’ and ‘I’m concerned about...’ rather than ‘You’re doing this’ can be helpful.” However you choose to respond, be sure to come off as nonjudgmental and supportive, regardless of how your friend or loved one reacts. Support is extremely important before, during, and after treatment. If you yourself are struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to a friend or a professional who can be there for you. Stereotypes and misinformation about eating disorders are easily spread by the media, but the truth is, eating disorders aren’t just about being thin or, in Insatiable’s case, hiding violent impulses. Eating disorders aren’t funny, glamorous, or a dieting strategy. Society needs to start recognizing eating disorders for what they actually are instead of overdramatizing them for views. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorder Association’s free Helpline at (800) 9312237 or text “NEDA” to 741741.

An extreme restriction of their calories relative to their bodyweight. Often characterized by weight loss or extremely thinness, but not always. A person can be anorexic and not look thin.

Bulimia nervosa An eating disorder that has both a binge phase and a purge phase (eating large amounts of food, then practicing a behavior intended to get rid of the excess).

Binge eating disorder One of the most common eating disorders in the United States, but also the newest recognized. It’s characterized by a sensation of a loss of control and episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort.

Orthorexia Obsessive behavior in the pursuit of a healthy diet. It’s different than just wanting to eat healthy, and it’s most commonly displayed with symptoms of an anxiety disorder surrounding unhealthy food.

Drunkorexia Increasingly common, it is a condition where a person consumes little to no food during the day and drinks alcohol in excess at night, whether it is to get drunk faster, avoid high calorie intake, or cope.

Pica The desire to eat food items that are not typically considered food and don’t contain nutrients, like chalk, hair, or dirt.