Often an individual will have disorder characteristics of both anorexia nervosa and bulimia, often called bulimiarexia. Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia are psychological disorders, which makes them somewhat difficult to treat. Typically treatment will include the efforts of an eating disorders counselor and a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders. Usually there is a root psychological issue that needs to be addressed. Today, many professionals are characterizing some patterns of overeating, leading to obesity, as an eating disorder as well. Here, food is used as a coping or comforting tool. Again, there are probably psychological issues at work here too.
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