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 Disorder Treatments
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.