Atypical eating disorders

In addition to the clearly defined forms of eating disorders, there are others that do not meet the classic criteria for a specific eating disorder. This includes those who do not have all the characteristics of one clinical picture or who have the characteristics of several clinical pictures together. In addition, these include phenomena that have only been occurring for a few years and have not yet found their way into the classification systems.

Muscular addiction, bigorexia, muscle dysmorphia, adonis complex, reverse anorexia.

Compulsive and extreme desire to shape the body muscular and athletic.

While other specific eating disorders predominantly affect girls and women, this eating disorder is a more masculine one. Those affected feel that their body is not muscular enough and try to shape their body towards the ideal image through excessive sport and the intake of nutritional supplements and muscle-building preparations.

Additionally, they often adhere to low-fat as well as low-carbohydrate but high-protein diets. The behavior usually begins between the ages of 17 and 24.

Body schema disorder: despite building muscles and a well-toned body, affected boys and men perceive themselves as too slender. Unlike bodybuilders, they do not exhibit their bodies – they avoid situations where the body is exposed to glances from others.


Predominantly girls and young women with type I diabetes are affected.

Among other things, the disease leads to rapid weight gain. to reverse this, an estimated 30 percent of them discontinue insulin injections and abandon the strenuous diabetic diet.

Patients who were already affected by eating disorders before they became ill are also at high risk. The constant preoccupation with ingredients, body weight, blood sugar levels can cause them to erupt again or intensify.

For decades, physicians have observed that younger diabetic women in particular often deliberately avoid insulin.

Weight loss by stopping insulin is among the most dangerous eating disorders. Consequential damage often occurs suddenly and at short notice. Infertility, nerve damage, heart and kidney problems, strokes, blindness.

Selective eating disorder

Usually begins in childhood. In isolated cases, selective eating behavior does not appear until the onset of adolescence or young adulthood. A large proportion of restrictive eaters continue this dietary pattern into adulthood.

Initially, it may resemble the picky eating behavior of most children, which is, however, limited to only some foods at times.

In avoidant/restrictive eating disorder, sufferers eat very little, have very little interest in food in general, and/or avoid certain foods completely and permanently due to sensory characteristics.

Some sufferers eat so little that they lose a considerable amount of weight (this can result in consequential damage due to malnutrition), while others gain weight through evening binge eating and even obesity.

The causes of selective eating disorder are thought to be traumatic experiences with a particular food, a sensory processing disorder, or sometimes a particular family dynamic.


(drunk = drunk and anorexia = anorexia).

Refers to the combination of a deliberate reduction in calories with a planned subsequent excessive consumption of alcohol.

The colloquial term currently appears mainly in online newspapers, bloggs or even TV shows.

Is especially common among younger women between 16 and 26 years. However, about 20 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 35 have already had experiences with abstaining from food and subsequent alcohol consumption.

Since alcoholic beverages are known to have a lot of calories, the meal before binge drinking is saved, thereby balancing the daily amount of calories.

Besides, this eating disorder promises a cheap rush, because alcohol on an empty stomach is faster and more intense. This increases the risks of alcohol intoxication, loss of control, acts of violence and sexual assault.

If alcohol is consumed regularly and in large quantities in this way, vital organs such as the liver, brain and heart can be permanently damaged.

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