Eating Disorders

By: Daniel White

What is it?

  • Eating disorders are serious behavior problems.
  • They can include severe overeating or not consuming enough food to stay healthy.
  • They also involve extreme concern about your shape or weight.

Types of Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia nervosa: you become too thin, but you don't eat enough because you think you're.
  • Bulimia nervosa: periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives.
  • Binge-eating: out-of-control eating.

Statistics

• Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.
• Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.
• Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.

Tips

  • Listen to your body.
  • Listen to your feelings.
  • Trust yourself.
  • Accept yourself.
  • Love yourself.
  • Enjoy life again.

Eating Disorders Helplines