Eating disorders are characterized by serious emotional and physical problems surrounding weight and food. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can be life-threatening for both men and women, but affect women 2.5 times more often than men. Eating disorders can pose a number of serious risks to one’s health. They may cause abnormally slow heart rate and blood pressure, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fatigue, hair loss and/or severe dehydration. If not managed properly, they can be fatal.A person with an eating disorder can benefit from nutritional counseling, medication, support groups psychotherapy and experiential therapy.There are a number of resources available to provide information, support and guidance to people living with eating disorders. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
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