Eating disorders fall under two categories:

1) anorexia nervosa
2) bulimia nervosa
 

                                    Anorexia Nervosa

Typically this disorder occurs in early adolescents, however, adults also sometimes experience this disorder. This disorder is mostly a Western disorder and can be found mostly in this Western culture. For instance, in some countries in Africa, being overweight is perceived as a sign of wealth.  In other countries, food is so scarce that thoughts of not eating food when readily available is unimaginable.  This disorder mostly affects women;  90% of individuals with anorexia are women.
Anorexia can best be identified if the individual meets the following criteria:

                                       Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia tends to typically affect women who are in their late teens or early 20's; the start of college, for instance, sometimes triggers this disorder. It is worth noting that bulimia is not exclusively seen in these age ranges but that it is more common in these ages.

The following are symptoms of bulimia: