Eating Disorders are complex mental health conditions that include a wide range of psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits.
An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Although no one is immune to eating disorders, they are most often reported in adolescents and young women.
If left untreated, eating disorders can lead to serious health consequences and even in death if left untreated. The most common symptoms of eating disorders include severe food restriction, food binges, purging, and even over-exercising. Individuals with anorexia nervosa may also have difficulty eating in public and exhibit a strong desire to control their environment, limiting their ability to be spontaneous.
Experts believe that eating disorders may be caused by a variety of factors including genetics, psychological disorders such as trauma and anxiety, as well as, peer pressure, personality traits, and cultural ideals.