Eating Disorders And The National Institute Of Mental Health

1597 Words Apr 25th, 2016 7 Pages
Diana Schimenti
Julie Lartz
College Writing
20 April 2016
Eating Disorders

According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses causing serve disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. People with eating disorders often have obsessions with food, their body weight, and their shape. There is, however, a difference between an eating disorder and a diet. It is important to know the difference. Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States (Eating Disorder Hope). An eating disorder is a compulsion to avoid eating in order to lose weight while a diet is cutting down eating or healthier eating in order to lose weight. The three types of an eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. All three disorders are important and they all deserve immediate treatment. No matter what eating disorder someone has, it can resort in organ damage and sometimes even death.
The average that someone develops anorexia is 19 years old (NIMH), but that does not mean a person can only be 19 in order to develop an eating disorder. The NIMH has reported cases of eating disorders reporting in ages as low as .1 percent of eight to eleven year olds and .2 percent of twelve to fifteen year olds. Eating disorders are becoming more common for students in high school and college, since they view it as a coping mechanism to handle their…
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