Eating Disorders

By: Allie Randall

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders is an illness that occurs when people excessively worry about their weight and what they eat.

Statistics about eating disorders

  • About 24 million people have eating disorders and 7 million of them are women
  • About 10% of people with an eating disorder receive treatment
  • 81% of 10 year old's are afraid of being fat
  • Those with an eating disorder are 57 times more likely to commit suicide than others

Types of Eating Disorders

There are 3 main types of eating disorders;

  1. Anorexia Nervosa: happens when someone is afraid of becoming fat or gaining weight. People with this disorder usually skip meals, excersice a lot, or starvet themselves
  2. Bulimia Nervosa: Happens when you are greatly afraid of becoming fat and obese. People with this disorder usually over eat and then binge it out later.
  3. Binge Eating Disorder: eating large amounts of food at one time until you are uncomfortably full. People with this disorder are unable to stop eating and control the amount of food they eat.

Facts About Eating disorders

  • Eating disorders can be genetic or caused by psychological problems
  • Eating disorders usually develop during late adulthood but can develop during childhood or late adulthood.
  • Eating disorders are not all about food, some people use them to feel in control of their body. Some people starve themselves to feel more in control.