Let’s start from the beginning, what is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. They include Anorexia Nervosa, where people eat very little and thus have a low body weight; Bulimia Nervosa, where people eat a lot and then try to rid themselves of the food; Binge-eating, where people can´t stop to eat over 2000 calories per dinner; Orthorexia Nervosa, where people are obsessed with healthy foods, and a group of other specified feeding or eating disorders.
The statistics on eating disorders shows that:
Four out of ten individuals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has;
– It is estimated that 1.0% to 4.2% of women have suffered from anorexia in their lifetime, and that has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness;
– It is estimated that 4% of anorexic individuals die from complications of the disease;
– It is estimated that up to 4% of females in the United States will have bulimia during their lifetime; – 3.9% of these bulimic individuals will die;
– 5.2% of individuals suffering from eating disorders not otherwise specified die from health complications. (Eating Disorder Hope, 2016)
It is a really huge amount of people suffering every day. Research says that almost half of the sufferers never seek or get professional treatment despite serious health complications.
Problems with ED can develop during any phase of life but typically occur during childhood or in teenage. Appropriate therapy can be extremely effective for many of the particular kinds of eating disorders classified as a psychologial disease. If you recognize yourself, your friends, family members or even maybe children in the following posts and feel that symptoms are very close to you, don´t wait. Just ask for help.