The Different Types of Eating Disorders


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When you think about all eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia may come to mind first as the most common eating disorders. So, how many eating disorders are there? While these two are the most common, several other different kinds of eating disorders exist as well. Below is a guide to the different kinds of eating disorders as well as some common treatments for them.

Common Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 30 million Americans have suffered from one or more of these common eating disorders during their lifetime:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: A condition in which people “starve” themselves.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: A condition which involves binge eating followed by purging to compensate.
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Like bulimia, however, those with BED overeat but don’t compensate by purging.
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): A condition which causes individuals to forego certain foods based upon their sensory perceptions of them.
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED): A disorder characterized by unusual eating habits that cause significant distress but don’t fit into any other eating disorder category.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) now includes the above disorders in their eating disorder list. In addition, clinicians may also diagnose individuals with unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED). With UFED, individuals have characteristics of an eating disorder that don’t fall into any other category. Subsequently, doctors may not have enough information for a firm diagnosis.

How are Eating Disorders Treated?

Recovering from an eating disorder requires a well-rounded approach to treatment. At Selah House, we take a whole-person approach and provide medical, psychiatric, and nutritional services. Each client’s level of care depends on the type of eating disorder they have as well as its intensity. Some individuals do well with intensive outpatient treatment, while others will require partial hospitalization or a residential program.

At Selah House, we provide a Christ-centered approach to treatment built on compassionate understanding. We believe that spiritual growth coupled with therapeutic psychiatric, medical, and nutritional care provides long-term results. We meet each client where they are at in their recovery journey with openness and acceptance without judgment. At our accredited eating disorder treatment center, each client is loved, care for, and accepted regardless of their faith.

Treatment At Selah House

Our highly qualified, experienced, and compassionate clinicians closely with each client to create an individualized treatment plan to ensure sustained recovery. Each client plays a vital role in setting realistic treatment goals that will address the underlying issues of their eating disorder.

Eating disorder treatment is complex, however, recovery from all eating disorders is possible with the help of a specialized eating disorder treatment center like Selah House. Some the therapies we utilize at Selah House include:

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If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, Selah House can help. Contact us at 765.819.2524 to take control of your life again.

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