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Eating Disorders

Conditions - Eating Disorders

About Eating Disorders

In their lifetime, an estimated 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent of females suffer from anorexia and an estimated 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent suffer from bulimia.

Between 3 and 5 percent of all adolescent females have a diagnosable eating disorder.

Anorexia is much more common among females, however, males are less likely to seek treatment which complicates the disorder.

According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of all mental disorders, killing as many as 6 percent of those affected.

Among adolescents with eating disorders, many also have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The term eating disorders refers to a variety of disorders. The common feature of all the eating disorders is abnormal eating behaviors. Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be life threatening.

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are common eating disorders among adolescents and young adults. Obesity may also be included as an eating disorder and can affect individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults.

There are several types of eating disorders that require the clinical care of a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the most common, for which we have provided a brief overview: