Eating disorders are characterized by serious emotional and physical problems surrounding weight and food. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can be life-threatening for both men and women, but affect women 2.5 times more often than men.
Eating disorders can pose a number of serious risks to one’s health. They may cause abnormally slow heart rate and blood pressure, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fatigue, hair loss and/or severe dehydration. If not managed properly, they can be fatal.
A person with an eating disorder can benefit from nutritional counseling, medication, support groups psychotherapy and experiential therapy.
There are a number of resources available to provide information, support and guidance to people living with eating disorders.