The word eating disorders brings to mind pimply teenage girls gorging on food. However experts say that middle-aged women are also prone to eating disorders in much the same manner as youngsters. "Eating disorders mostly occur when a person eats at odd hours. The time between dinner and sleep is very less which results in the accumulation of fat. Little exercise and lack of knowledge about food are also major contributors to eating disorders," says Dr Sanjay Phutane, senior dietician, Homeo Clinic and Dietic Centre, Koramangala. He added that eating disorders also cause other issues like osteoarthritis as hormonal balance is disrupted and bones become weakened. "Unhealthy eating habits and lack of a nutritious diet result in anemia in women causing physical and mental weakness," he added. Other issues include obesity, menstrual disorders, acne, hair loss, premature greying of hair, lack of concentration and sleep. Counselling and awareness programmes are the best ways to deal with the issue. Some eating issues can be tackled with medications as well. Source: MedindiaRAS << Study Says Tension in Axons is Essential for Synaptic Signa... Heart Transplant Girl Decides to Live >> Recommended Reading Sleep Eating Disorders Sleep-related eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors that occur during night. Sleep related eating disorder is a part of parasomnias. READ MORE Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder most commonly found among teenage girls. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a very low body weight, generally defined as 15% below the Body Mass Index. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Binge Eating Disorder When a person overeats, he is unable to control his hunger pangs, while during an emotional/binge eating session, he is incapable of controlling his emotions. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Diabulimia Diabulimia is an eating disorder particularly in patients with type I diabetes caused by reducing and/or skipping insulin doses. READ MORE Eating Disorders Eating disorders involve extreme attitudes and behaviors towards food and weight. It has the highest suicidal mortality rate than other mental illnesses. READ MORE Female Athlete Triad Female athlete triad is caused by extreme dieting and exercise usually among young women athletes and leads to abnormal menstruation, an unhealthy body and in extreme cases even death. READ MORE Loss of Taste Symptom of loss of taste usually occurs in combination with loss of smell and can be complete loss or partial loss of taste. It can also be temporary or permanent, though the latter is very rare. READ MORE Orthorexia Nervosa Are you a Health Food Junkie? Are you obsessed with what you eat all the time? You may be a victim of a condition called Orthorexia Nervosa. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Binge Eating DisorderAnorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaSleep Eating DisordersOrthorexia NervosaLoss of TasteFemale Athlete TriadEating DisordersDiabulimiaChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?