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Eating Disorders

It is estimated that in the United States, up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from one of the three most common types of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder).  The term "eating disorder" refers to a variety of psychiatric illnesses common in our society today. Each disorder involves unrealistic, distorted thinking about appearance, body weight, and food. Obsessive behaviors in eating and exercise result which can significantly affect health by causing nutritional deficiencies and impaired body function. In fact, eating disorders are known to have the highest death rate of any mental illness. Having any type of eating disorder is serious and requires treatment.

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Understanding Eating Disorders

  • Eating Disorders: Complex Conditions
  • Eating Disorders (The Body Image & Health Task Force)
  • Eating Disorders Fact Sheets (OSU Extention)
  • Eating Disorders Information (National Eating Disorders Association)
  • Eating Disorders: From the NIH
  • Body Image
  • Body Image (Office on Women's Health)

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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014