Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect an individual’s physical and/or mental health. The most common are anorexia, which involves food restriction and loss of weight, and bulimia, which most often includes bingeing and purging behaviors. Eating disorders affect all genders, ages, races and socioeconomic strata. If left untreated, eating disorders can have serious consequences.
Overview and Symptoms
Individuals with an eating disorder are often preoccupied with food, body image, and/or weight, and commonly try to hide their unhealthy behavior. Anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse are common among those with eating disorders.
Given that eating disorders can be life-threatening, early treatment is very important. The sooner an individual receives treatment, the better his/her chances for a full recovery. Treatment typically includes CBT, medication, and, in acute cases, hospitalization.
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