The Truth About Eating Disorders

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The Truth About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical and mental health.The 3 most common eating disorders are:Anorexia NervosaBulimia Nervosa Binge Eating

Anorexia-characterized by immoderate food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight, as well as a distorted body self-perception.

Binge Eating-a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating

Bulimia-characterized by binge eating and purging, or consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time followed by an attempt to rid oneself of the food consumed

The Truth About Eating Disorders

Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50 percent of these people also meet the criteria for depression.Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. For women ages 15 to 24, the mortality rate of anorexia is 12 times higher than any other cause of death.Men make up 10 to 15 percent of the population with anorexia and bulimia, but are the least likely to seek help due to the gender stereotypes surrounding the disorders.69 percent of girls ages 10 to 18 confirm that photographs of models and celebrities in magazines inspired their desired body shape.


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