Eating disorders are broadly characterised by disturbances in eating, body image, and exercise patterns that significantly impact the functioning of an individual. The more common eating disorders are:
Eating disorders do not discriminate; they affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. It is estimated that 70 million people worldwide have an eating disorder – an estimate that is expected to increase more and more over time.
The causes and consequences of eating disorders are complex, but are well-studied and well-documented. Read more on the causes of eating disorders here.
Eating disorders are debilitating conditions that negatively impact a person’s life across many domains. They also take an economic toll on individuals, their families, organisations, and society at large.
Understanding the latest eating disorder statistics is important for increasing awareness and facilitating preventative programs around these conditions. View the latest eating disorder statistics here.
Eating disorders can be treated successfully. The more effective eating disorder treatments are Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Family-Based Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Read more on eating disorder treatments here.
If you – or a loved one – are dealing with an eating disorder, then I’m sure you’re aware of its devastating effects. Eating disorders Many people have fully recovered from their eating disorder. You just need to want to and know how. Read more on eating disorder recovery here.
Adolescence and teenage years are often a time where eating disorders begin. The average age of onset for many eating disorders is between 16-18 years. Here we explore the signs & symptoms to watch out for and review the available treatment methods. Read more on eating disorders in teens here.
Eating disorders are not uncommon during childhood, and children under 10 (and even under 5) can go onto develop some form of feeding or eating disorder (yes, even toddlers!). Some experts say that pediatric eating disorders are merely part of normal development. Read more on eating disorders in children here.