About Eating Disorders
Understand the risks and effects of eating disorders. Eating disorder recovery begins with seeking help from a treatment center.
The statistics can be shocking: eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness a person can have. With mortality rates are 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death among females ages 15-24 in the general population, anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating affect nearly 36 million women and men in the United States.
Eating disorders involve extreme disturbances in eating behaviors, such as following rigid diets, obsessively counting calories, secretly bingeing on large quantities of food or throwing up after meals. People with eating disorders also have distorted, self-critical attitudes about food, weight and body image.
Because eating disorders are extremely complex diseases, individuals suffering from these illnesses often use food to deal with uncomfortable or painful emotions. Over time, however, these people lose the ability to see themselves objectively and obsessions about food and weight dominate everything else in life.
Uncover the truths about eating disorders and recovery.
Could You or Someone You Care About Have an Eating Disorder? ...more
Anorexia is an eating disorder that is treatable but deadly. Read about symptoms and causes of anorexia as well as treatment. ...more
Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by eating large amounts of food and a need to eliminate what has been consumed. ...more
Binge eating and compulsive overeating disorder affects both women and men. ...more
Bulimia is commonly associated with the process of binging on food and then purging. ...more
The process of treating an eating disorder requires a very intensive assessment of every area of the woman's life. ...more
If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder it is important to remember that there is hope and you are not alone. ...more
If you or someone you know is at risk of an eating disorder, it is always recommended that you talk with a trained clinician. ...more
Eating disorders are vicious, debilitating and progressive illnesses. ...more
Women in need of eating disorder treatment often are in denial about the symptoms and effects of their bulimia, anorexia, or compulsive overeating (binge eating). ...more
Medical complications are the inevitable results of eating disorders. ...more
As a population we have become familiar with the names of common mental illnesses. ...more
Below are some indications that a woman may be suffering from an eating disorder. ...more
No parent wants their child to struggle with a disorder as devastating as bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating disorder. ...more
The promise of quick and easy weight loss appeals to many people, but diabulimics take this concept to a dangerous level. ...more
Pregorexia is anorexia in pregnant women and also affects women in early motherhood. ...more
Please answer the below questions which we've provided as a service to those who are concerned about loved ones who may be struggling with an eating disorder. ...more
Are you concerned that you may be slipping into a pattern of disordered eating that you are losing control of? ...more