A Brighter Tomorrow - Eating Disorder
According to the American Psychiatric Association, eating disorders occur when a person experiences severe disturbances in their eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. People with eating disorders typically become pre-occupied with food and their body weight.
Several million people are affected by eating disorders. They appear most commonly in women between the ages of 12 and 35.
The American Psychiatric Association has three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Mental health experts say eating disorders commonly occur with other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and addiction.
Eating disorders are treatable. However, without treatment of both the emotional and physical symptoms of these disorders, the American Psychiatric Association says malnutrition, heart problems and other potentially fatal conditions can happen.