Chapter 15 Eating Disorders There are three specific types of eating disorders, these include: Anorexia Nervosa: characterized by a pursuit of thinness that leads people to starve themselves Bulimia Nervosa: characterized by a cycle of bingeing followed by extreme behaviours to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting. Bing-eating disorder: people with this disorder regularly binge but do not engage in behaviours to purge what they eat Amenorrhea: listed as diagnostic criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, those women and girls who have begun menstruating, the weight loss causes them to stop having menstrual cycles. Types of Anorexia Nervosa Restricting type of anorexia nervosa: people refuse to eat as a way of preventing weight gain. Some attempt to go for days without eating anything; most eat very small amounts of food each day. Bingepurge type of anorexia nervosa: people periodically engage in bingeing or purging behaviours (e.g.