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 disorde
r 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.