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Eating Disorders


Eating disorders affect appearance, yet they may not get recognized, particularly among models, actors, athletes and young females where a lot of emphasis is put on slim appearance. It often gets brought to the attention of a physician only when a significant amount of weight has been lost and metabolic changes make it much more difficult to treat.

Eating disorders are abnormal behavior patterns around food intake and body image. Two of them, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, affect mainly women. The third diagnosis of “binge eating disorder” affects men and women equally. All of these disorders are psychiatric conditions that have been defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (Ref.1). They are important to diagnose properly, as failure to do so invariably causes harm. Early eating disorder treatment will result in a favorable response and a successful outcome.

 Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders



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Last modified: October 30, 2014

This outline is only a teaching aid to patients and should stimulate you to ask the right questions when seeing your doctor. However, the responsibility of treatment stays in the hands of your doctor and you.