Hat are Eat­ing Dis­or­ders?

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WEat­ing dis­or­ders are real, com­plex, and dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tions that can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for health, pro­duc­tiv­ity, and re­la­tion­ships. They are not a fad, phase or life­style choice. Eat­ing dis­or­ders are se­ri­ous, po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions that af­fect a per­son’s emo­tional and phys­i­cal health. Peo­ple strug­gling with an eat­ing dis­or­der need to seek pro­fes­sional help. The ear­lier a per­son with an eat­ing dis­or­der seeks treat­ment, the greater the like­li­hood of phys­i­cal and emo­tional re­cov­ery. In the United States, nearly 10 mil­lion fe­males and 1 mil­lion males are fight­ing a life and death bat­tle with an eat­ing dis­or­der such as anorexia or bulimia. Mil­lions more are strug­gling with binge eat­ing dis­or­der. For var­i­ous rea­sons, many cases are likely not to be re­ported. In ad­di­tion, many in­di­vid­u­als strug­gle with body dis­sat­is­fac­tion and sub-clin­i­cal dis­or­dered eat­ing at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iors. More than 80% of women are re­ported to be dis­sat­is­fied with their ap­pear­ance (Smo­lak, 1996).

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