Eating disorders awareness

Eating disorders awareness





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Studied Health Editor: Eric Roberts

Published: 2/28/2018


Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans at some point of their lives.

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What are eating disorders

Eating disorders are a treatable mental illness. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men will have been affected sometime during their lifetimes.

Types of eating disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Orthorexia
  • PICA
  • Rumination Disorder
  • UFED
  • Laxative abuse
  • Compulsive exercise

Risk factors involve a range of biological, psychological, sociocultural issues. Listed below are some examples of risk factors.


  • Having a close relative with an eating disorder
  • Having a close relative with a mental health issue
  • History of dieting
  • Negative energy balance
  • Type 1 diabetes


  • Perfectionism
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Personal history of an anxiety disorder
  • Behavioral inflexibility


  • Weight stigma
  • Teasing – bullying
  • Limited social networks
  • Historical Trauma

Warning signs

  • Pre-occupation with weight, food, calories
  • Appears uncomfortable eating around others
  • Skipping meals
  • Extreme concern with body size-shape
  • Dry skin-brittle nails
  • Fine hair
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Hoards food in strange places
  • Evidence of binge eating
  • Evidence of purging behaviors
  • Fears of choking or vomiting
  • Pervasive eating of substances that are not food
    • Soap
    • Chalk
    • Wool
    • Soil
    • Cloth
  • Repeated regurgitation of food for a period of at least a month
  • Spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at an upcoming event
  • Compulsive exercise
    • Despite injury
    • Despite fatigue
  • Fear that insulin will “make me fat”

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In summary for those who are suffering from some sort of eating disorder there is a network that serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and quality care and recovery. For those that want to help there is help & support, resources for learning and getting involved – there are also ways to give. For more information and resources Visit the National Eating Disorders Association.


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