Eating disorders occur when people do not eat so as to meet their physical needs. These people often do not have a healthy sense of satiety and sometimes do not feel any appetite at all. They rely mostly on counting calories or establish strict eating rules for themselves. Such controlled eating behaviours can tip over into moments or phases of irregular food intake that are accompanied by tormenting feelings of control loss.
People with eating disorders are overly preoccupied with issues involving eating, weight and body image. They often suffer from self-doubt and inner conflicts. Their sense of self-esteem and self-assessment are heavily dependant on the image they project, as well as on their capacity to respect the eating rules they have set for themselves.