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Eating Disorder Overview
Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape are common symptoms of an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating.
 
There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice; however, eating disorders are a form of mental illness. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition.

Eating disorder facts at-a-glance

  • Eating disorders do not discriminate. They impact women, men, teens and children from all walks of life.
  • More than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder.
  • Sufferers aren’t always underweight. 35% of binge eating order patients are medically obese.
  • Nearly one person dies from an eating disorder every hours.
  • Over 70% of eating disorder sufferers will not seek treatment due to stigma, misperceptions, lack of education, diagnosis and access to care.

There is hope for eating recovery

The good news is that a full and lasting recovery is possible with specialized treatment.
 
At Eating Recovery Center, we are the only national care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders at any stage of the illness. We are committed to providing innovative approaches to improve patient outcomes and facilitate lasting recoveries.

 
Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.

ARFID

ARFID

ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.

Bulimia

Bulimia

Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.

Compulsive Overeating

Compulsive Overeating

Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.

Diabulimia

Diabulimia

The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.

OSFED

OSFED

Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Approximately 80 percent of individuals with eating disorders are diagnosed with another psychiatric disorder at some time in their life, most commonly depressive, anxiety and personality disorders.

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