Anorexia nervosa is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder. People with anorexia nervosa fear weight gain and may obsessively diet and exercise, even to the point of starvation. About 1% of the population has anorexia nervosa, and it?s more common in women than men.
The overwhelming urges of people with bulimia or binge eating disorder look a lot like alcoholism or drug addiction, experts say.
Orthorexia is a controversial eating disorder marked by an obsession with healthy food. It’s usually seen in people older than 30, and women may be more likely than men to have it.
For some people, following a healthy and organic diet can become a fixation that resembles an eating disorder.