The term eating disorders refers to a variety of disorders. The common feature of all the eating disorders is abnormal eating behaviors. Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be life threatening.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are common eating disorders of adolescents and young adults.
There are many different types of eating disorders that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.
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Facts About Eating Disorders
Between 3 and 5 percent of all adolescent females have a diagnosable eating disorder.
Anorexia is much more common among females, however, males are less likely to seek treatment, which further complicates the disorder.
Among adolescents with eating disorders, many also have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
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