Eating disorders afflict millions of people and thousands will die each
There is good news though; people with eating disorders can get
help. Don't let an eating disorder keep you or your loved one from
When some people hear about someone with an eating disorder, they assume the
person has a problem with food. Eating disorders are not only a sign
that a person has a problem with food, but also a symptom of an
underlying problem in that person's life.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex, cultural
or racial background although most likely to be affected tend to be
young women, particular between the ages of 15–25. It is not unusual,
however, for an eating disorder to appear in earlier or later in life
and the number of men with eating disorders in increasing.
Eating disorders may result from a variety of causes, including low
self-esteem, family conflict, problems with friends, the death of
someone special, problems at work/school, lack of confidence, sexual or
emotional abuse or other reasons. Since there is no one cause and for many there are
several factors that contribute to their developing an eating disorder,
each person's eating disorder is unique. Treatment
provides an opportunity for a person to change these dangerous behaviors
and resolve the problem(s) that contributed to the eating disorder.
Inpatient Behavioral Health Services