The 411 on Eating Disorders

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  • What Are Eating Disorders?
  • What Causes Them?
  • How Common Are They?
  • Black Girls and Eating Disorders
  • Can Men Have Eating Disorders?
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating
  • Bulimia
  • Treating Eating Disorders
  • It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

How Common Are They?

It’s estimated that 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder, says the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Fifty percent of people with eating disorders are considered depressed and eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness. However only 1 in 10 with eating disorders receive treatment. 

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