About Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders affect both physical and mental health of sufferers. Over 50% of people with eating disorders also suffer from mental depression.

 

Even children are susceptible to eating disorders

 

Studies have shown that over 40% of students from age 5 to 8 years old reported feeling fat or had wishes of losing weight. (1)

 

 

Anorexia occurs among people as young as 5 and as old as 60. The incidence of anorexia among 8 to 11-year-olds is increasing.

 

Approximately 10 to 20% of people diagnosed eventually die.

 

Bulimia is especially trying on the body. Extreme purging upsets the body's balance of sodium and potassium, caushing the following problems:

- Irregular heartbeat;

- Damage to esophagus & stomach;

- Defficiency in essential vitamins & minerals; and,

- Erosion of tooth enamel.

 

The binge eating disorder affects about 1 to 5% of the general population.  Individuals use food to cope with stress and/or numb themselves from feelings they do not want to experience. Characterized by overeating, this disorder is followed by feelings of guilt and shame.

 

 

Source:

(1) The Kids' Eating Disorders Tudy: a study of middle school students. Medical University of South Carolina, 1993. 3,175 students.