What is an eating disorder?
Does someone you know seem overly preoccupied with food, their body weight, or their shape? If yes, then this person may be suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are behavioral conditions that cause severe disturbance in eating habits. People suffering from eating disorders usually have upsetting thoughts and emotions regarding food. The disorder may cause serious conditions affecting physical, psychological, and social outcomes that interfere with the ability to function normally.
What are different types of eating disorders?
The most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Other types of eating disorders include:
Who suffers from this type of disorder?
5% of the American population suffers from an eating disorder. Both men and women can develop eating disorders. However, women are known to suffer from eating disorders more frequently than men. All who suffer from eating disorders appear to have a distorted view of their body image. Eating disorders appear to affect all socioeconomic, racial, and age demographics. Many eating disorders can occur at any time in life, but the average age range seems to be from 12-35 years old.