The eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, and their variants, all feature serious disturbances in eating behavior and weight regulation.
They are associated with a wide range of adverse psychological, physical, and social consequences; they frequently coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. An eating disorder can become life-threatening if a person does not receive treatment, which is reflected by anorexia being associated with the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
Those suffering from eating disorders typically become obsessed with food, their body weight and tend to be perfectionists who suffer from low self-esteem and are extremely critical of themselves and their bodies.
Eating disorders are widespread and can impact people of all ages and sexes. It is estimated that 10 million women and 1 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, and the statistics are growing.
In this Video Taryn shares her story of struggling with her eating disorder, breaking through the shame, and finding hope through treatment...