Obesity is a condition where an individual is considered very over weight, with a high amount of body fat. The most commonly used tool in diagnosis is the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is calculated based on weight and height.
A BMI of 30 to 39.9 would indicate that an individual is obese, with anything higher falling into the category of severely obese. However it is important to note that this method has its downsides such as failing to account for muscle and bone density.Read more
Weight Management is a public health approach used to help people lose weight in a controlled way to obtain a healthier lifestyle and reduce risks associated with obesity and diabetes supplemented with education in nutrition and preparing meals to be effective and safe.Read more
Although Compulsive Exercise is not recognised as a primary disorder, it is a strong symptom of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Often individual’s suffering from Bulimia Nervosa (BN) may use compulsive exercise as a means to control their bodyweight or to compensate for binge-eating episodes. An individual with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) will often use compulsive exercise to achieve further weight loss.Read more
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) was formerly recognised as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
According to the DSM-5, a person with OSFED may present with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder but will not meet the full criteria for diagnosis of these disorders.Read more
People suffering from eating disorders tend to use their eating habits and behaviours to cope with emotional distress, and often have an abnormal or unrealistic fear of food, calories and being fat. Because of this fear, people with bulimia nervosa tend to restrict their food intake. This results in periods of excessive eating and loss of control (binge eating), after which they compensate, which may be done by making themselves vomit or using laxatives (purging).Read more
A binge is an episode of excessive eating or drinking. People who binge eat very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they're not hungry. Binges are often planned in advance and the person may buy "special" binge foods.Read more
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental health condition. It's an eating disorder where a person keeps their body weight as low as possible. People with anorexia usually do this by restricting the amount of food they eat. They may also make themselves vomit and / or exercising excessively.Read more