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What is Anorexia Binge Eating Type?

(Sometimes referred to as Anorexia with Bulimic Tendencies)

Anorexia Binge Eating Type is a combination of both Anorexia and Bulimia. A person will restrict their diet for long period of time and on resuming their intake will eat huge amounts of high carbohydrate, high sugar foods. Whilst in the binge mode their problems evaporate as they experience a feeling of wellbeing as the sugar rush kicks in!

Once the binge is over there is an overwhelming fear of gaining weight and the sufferers will rid themselves of the food through purging (vomiting, over exercise or laxatives). They are consumed by guilt and shame and can binge to feel good again!

This then becomes a vicious cycle of binging purge mode and it is very difficult to break the cycle. It leaves little time for socialising or relationships. Because there is no diagnostic criteria for Anorexia Binge Eating Type it sits in a sub-group called Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).