The Prevalence of Eating Disorders
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from a clinically-significant eating disorder at some point in their lives. These disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, or EDNOS (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011).
Symptoms to Look For
Eating disorders are a complex combination of symptoms that exist due to many factors. They are characterized by extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors about weight and food. ED is not a fad, a diet, a phase, or a lifestyle choice. If you restrict, binge, purge, excessively diet or weigh yourself, or exercise compulsively, seek professional help to learn if you have an eating disorder.
The Importance of Seeking Treatment
This type of illness has potentially devastating consequences. Multiple areas of life may be impacted including health, relationships, and productivity. Eating disorders cause serious emotional and physical problems with destructive and even life-threatening consequences. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks help, the greater the likelihood of emotional and physical recovery. Don’t wait. Get help today.