Eating Disorders

Check out this informative video about eating disorders from the National Eating Disorders Association.

Quick Facts

Statistics

  • About 30 million Americans have an eating disorder

  • 95% of cases occur in people ages 12 through 25

  • About 80% of patients who complete treatment will fully recover or improve significantly

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses

  • 42% of girls ages 6-10 wish they were thinner

  • By the time they reach high school, 1 in 10 students has an eating disorder

Types

  • Anorexia Nervosa: obsessive weight-loss, food restriction, & physical activity driven by body image and self-confidence issues

  • Bulimia Nervosa: uncontrollable binging on large amounts of food within short spans of time followed by desperate forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or abuse of laxatives

  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): uncontrollable & sporadic eating habits and unawareness of hunger levels or scheduled eating

    • People with BED can be normal weight, overweight, or obese

Treatments

  • Psychotherapy

  • ​Medications​

    • Anti-depressants & anti-anxiety drugs​

  • Nutritional counseling

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