Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are a serious problem that are becoming more and more common a problem. An estimated 8 million Americans have an eating disorder. 20% of people who have or have had an eating disorder die from complications related to the disorder. The point of eating disorders is typically to lose weight, like a diet. The difference is that a diet is to lose a healthy amount of weight in a safe way, and an eating disorder loses an unhealthy amount of weight in a dangerous way.

There are many forms of eating disorders. The most well-known are bulimia and anorexia. Anorexia is where self-induced vomiting, diet pills, starvation, laxatives and diuretics are you in an attempt to control weight. Bulimia victims ‘binge’ and ‘purge’. What differentiates Bulimia and Anorexia victims is the cycle. Bulimics sometimes use other methods to induce vomit such as exercise.

Eating disorders have even been spotted in celebrities. Paula Abdul, Elton John, and Joan Rivers are just some of the wide variety of people who have/had eating disorders.

Six percent of the serious cases die. 8 million have eating disorders in the US alone. There is an unknown amount of eating disorder related deaths per year. It’s a very serious problem.

About half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder. You can help them before permanent damage is done  by calling a help number.

Don’t you just looove food? Why would you deprive yourself?


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