What are Eating Disorders

Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behaviors, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, as well as feelings of extreme concern about body shape or weight. Eating disorders do not discriminate between ages, genders, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, body shape and size, races and ethnicities. Eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and PICA.

Eating Disorders are complex biopsychosocial illnesses that have serious emotional and physical consequences. While 60% of the contributing factors stem from a genetic component, genes alone do not predict who will develop an eating disorder.

Did You Know?

  • Eating disorders can affect anyone. People of all ages, genders, socioeconomic statuses, shapes and sizes, sexual orientations, races and ethnicities can suffer from an eating disorder.
  • Over 30 million Americans experience a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime.
  • Eating disorders have the 2nd highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with nearly 1 person dying every hour as a direct result of their eating disorder.
  • 13% of women over the age of 50 have symptoms of an eating disorder.
  • 30-50% of individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, nearly half of those with Bulimia Nervosa, and nearly half of those with BED have a comorbid mood disorder.
  • Only about one third of people ever receive treatment for their eating disorder.
  • Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
  • Help is available and recovery is possible.
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