According to the Eating Disorders Coalition, the incidence of eating disorders has doubled since the 1960s, and these disorders are occurring increasingly in younger and older age groups and in diverse ethnic and sociocultural groups. The physical and psychological toll is high. Suicide, depression, and severe anxiety are common, and eating disorders can lead to major medical complications. This work provides basic consumer health information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders and related concerns, such as compulsive exercise, female athlete triad, the abuse of laxatives and diet pills, and body dysmorphic disorder. It explains the factors that put people at risk for developing eating disorders, and it discusses their adverse health affects and the methods used to prevent, diagnose, and treat them. Tips for determining a healthy weight and promoting self esteem and a positive body image are also included, along with guidelines for safe weight loss and exercise, and a glossary of terms related to eating disorders, and a list of resources for further information.
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