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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 Information (National Eating Disorders Association)
  • Eating Disorders: From the NIH
  • Body Image
  • Body Image (Office on Women's Health)

  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • Can an Eating Disorder Affect Creatine Levels in Urine?
  • Can You Help Me?
  • Did My Daughter Develop an Eating Disorder After Pregnancy?
  • Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?
  • Does my Infant Have an Eating Disorder?
  • How Can I Convince my Friend to Get Help?
  • How Does Bulimia Affect the Teeth?
  • Is It Possible for a Senior Citizen to Develop an Eating Disorder?
  • Not Gaining Weight - After Starvation
  • Should I Be Worried About my Friend's Weight Obsession?

  • Additional Information

  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
  • Research Studies
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    Jane Korsberg, MS, RD, LD
    Case Western Reserve University


    Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016