AUSTIN (KXAN) — As part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, it is import to take note that 30 million Americans now suffer the disorders, two-thirds of them women and many more young girls are also showing symptoms.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center in Austin, Dr. Allison Chase, notes, “Once the body is starving, things kind of shut down. They’ll tell you they are not hungry anymore, it’s like you get the eating disorder brain where the eating disaster is the one in control.”
The causes can be biological and mental. Uncontrollable compulsions to overeat or not eat at all. Binging, bulimia, and anorexia can even kill you.
Dr. Chase explains, “It stresses the heart. A lot of things can happen in the body that taxes the body and the heart can’t work that hard anymore. Because the body has been so malnourished and so has the brain.”
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ERC, Austin's Dr. Allison Chase was recently featured in an article and video segment on kxan.com discussing eating disorders among young girls.