What Are Eating Disorders?
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of eating disorders can vary, depending on the type a person has. Common symptoms include avoiding food (anorexia), vomiting to get rid of food just eaten (bulimia), and compulsive overeating (binge-eating disorder).
How Are Eating Disorders Treated?Presently, there is no universally accepted standard treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder. Ideally, an integrated approach for the treatment of an eating disorder would include the skills of nutritionists, mental health professionals, endocrinologists, and other physicians.
Families and friends offering support and encouragement can play an important role in a person's success. Despite treatment, however, relapse rates for the conditions can be quite high.
(Click Eating Disorders for more information on these conditions. You can also read more about specific disorders by going to Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating.)