Eating Disorders

Know the Facts 

  • In a given year, 10 million female and 1 million male Americans live with eating disorders

  • Eating disorders frequently develop during adolescence or young adulthood

  • Men experience eating disorders just like women but are less likely to be diagnosed because this issue is so often considered a stereotypically "female" disorder

  • Only 33% of people with anorexia and 6% with bulimia receive mental health care 

  • Eating disorders are treatable with medication and therapy, including group, family, and individual therapy. Nutrition counseling can also be helpful. 

What is it?

Know the Facts

Symptoms

Eating Disorders: What are they? 

Eating disorders are marked by severe disturbances in eating behavior, including extreme reduction of food intake, overeating, or feelings of extreme distress about body weight or shape. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (restrictive eating and over-exercise) and bulimia nervosa (eating and vomiting) though there are many more. Eating disorders are treatable medical illnesses with complex psychological and biological causes. People with an eating disorder can also often experience depression, substance abuse, or an anxiety disorder. 

Symptoms 

  • Anemia and/or low blood pressure

  • Irregular menstrual cycles or not getting a period all together

  • Muscular weakness, dizziness and fainting

  • Thinning/loss of hair, brittle nails, and dry skin 

  • Over-eating at meals or binge-snacking in between meals

  • Obsessive thoughts and behaviors related to eating

  • Extreme dieting or eating very small amounts of food