Eating Disorder Information
An eating disorder is not just a problem with food. Bulimia, anorexia, and binge-eating disorder are serious medical problems often stemming from psychological problems. Eating disorders are also linked to long-term health problems -- and in some cases, even death.
Symptoms can vary, depending on the type of eating disorder a person has. Common symptoms include:
- Avoiding food (anorexia)
- Vomiting to get rid of food just eaten (bulimia)
- Compulsive overeating (binge-eating disorder).
Eating disorders are one of the key health issues facing young women today -- and unfortunately, they are on the rise in the United States and worldwide. Research shows that more than 90 percent of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25.
(For more information, including details on treatment options, click Eating Disorder.)