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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

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Published by: Raheela Thanawala on Jun 22, 2011
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WHAT IS AN EATING DISORDER?
Eating disorders
are a group of conditions characterized byabnormaleatinghabits that may involve either insufficient or excessivefoodintake to the detriment of an individual's physical andemotionalhealth.
 
The causes of eating disorders are complex and poorlyunderstood, though it is clear that they are often associatedwith other conditions and social situations; for example, onestudy found that girls with ADHD are many times more likelyto develop certain eating disorders and another found thatwomen raised infoster careare many times more likely todevelop bulimia nervosa. It is generally thought that peer  pressure and idealized body-types seen in the media are also asignificant factor.
 
While proper treatment can be highly effective for many of the specific types of eating disorder, the consequences of eating disorders can be severe, including death (whether fromdirect medical effects of disturbed eating habits or fromco-morbidconditions such as suicidal thinking).

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