Chapter 10

Eating Disorders

Set A

Amenorrhea

The abnormal failure to menstruate.

Binge-Eating Disorder (BED)

An eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating without the purging or fasting that is associated with bulimia nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN)

An eating disorder, the main features of which include a refusal to maintain a minimal body weight, a pathological fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image in which sufferers continue to insist they are overweight.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

A way of measuring a healthy weight range, derived by using both height and weight measurements.

Bulimia Nervosa (BN)

An eating disorder, the main features of which are recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by periods of purging or fasting.

Alternative Delivery Problems

Treatment methods that allow access to services for sufferers who might not receive other forms of treatment. These include treatment and support via telephone therapy, email, the internet, computer-software CD-ROMs and virtual reality techniques.

Binge-Eating/Purging Type AN

A type of eating disorder in which the sufferer regularly engages in purging activities to help control weight gain.

Body Dissatisfaction (BD)

The gap between one’s actual and ideal weight and shape.