Eating Disorders Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating

Anorexia Nervosa: An emotional disorder characterized as the desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

Anorexia is the third most common chronic disease among young people, after asthma and type 1 diabetes. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 with anorexia have 10 times the risk of dying compared to their same-aged peers.

Bulimia Nervosa: An emotional disorder characterized as a desire to lose weight in which one extremely overeats and then self-induces vomiting, purging or fasting.

Between 1.1% and 4.6% of females and 0.1% to 0.5% of males will develop bulimia Subthreshold bulimia occurs in 2.0% to 5.4% of adolescent females

Binge-Eating: An emotional disorder in which one eats a large amount of food in a short period of time.

BED is more than three times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined. BED is also more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia.

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