An eating disorder is any habit of obsessive behavior that revolves around food. An eating disorder can distract a person from day to day activities and be a threat to their physical health. (NEDA, 2018) Most people associate eating disorders with adolescents; however, according to ANAD “at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. ” (ANAD, 2017)
Eating disorders do not have an age limit and can affect men and women of all ages and in any stage of life. Never assume that because someone is classified as an adult, they can’t have an eating disorder. ANAD also states that “13% of women over 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors.” (ANAD, 2017)
Common emotional symptoms of eating disorders:
- Social Withdrawl
- Fear of eating in public
- Overly excessive exercise
Eating disorders have to be diagnosed by a medical professional. If you think that you or someone you love might be struggling with an eating disorder, please contact us at 469 714-0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer compassionate services for all ages and are committed to your emotional health.
If this is an emergency, please call the National Eating Disorder Agency or NEDA hotline today at 800-931-2237.
Eating Disorder Statistics • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.” National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, anad.org/education-and-awareness/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/.
“Learn More About Eating Disorders.” National Eating Disorders Association, www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
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