AN ESTIMATED 30 MILLION PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND GENDERS SUFFER FROM AN EATING DISORDER.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate out of all mental health disorders. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervousa, bulimia nervousa, and binge-eating.
Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, genders, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and body weights. Eating disorders have intense physical long-term effects including osteopenia or osteoporosis, anemia, muscle wasting and weakness, brittle hair and nails, dry and yellowish skin, severe constipation, low blood pressure, heart problems, organ failure, heart problems. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate out of all mental health disorders.
Anorexia Nervousa: Do you severely restrict your food intake? Are you relentless in your determination to be thin? Do you have an intense fear of gaining weight? Is your self-esteem heavily influenced by your perception of your body weight and shape? Do you work out intensively or often use laxatives?
Bulimia Nervousa: Do you have a chronically inflamed and sore throat? Has your tooth enamel worn down or do you have increasingly sensitive teeth due to exposure of stomach acid? Do you have acid reflux or other gastrointestinal issues? Do you work out intensively or often use laxatives? Have you suffered from severe dehydration?
Binge-eating: Do you eat a large amount of food in a specific amount of time, for example in a 2-hour period? Do you eat even when you’re full or not hungry? Do you eat fast during these episodes? Do you eat until you’re uncomfortably full? Do you eat alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment? Are you ashamed about your eating habits?