Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders - Eating Disorders Objectives To better...

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Eating Disorders Objectives To better understand eating disorders, specifically 1 types and incidence 2 contributing factors 3 diagnostic criteria 4 health consequences, and 5 treatment and prognosis Eating disorders can be very serious. Some think all a person with an eating disorder has to do is to decide to eat. At one level that is true. At another it is like telling someone who is very seriously considering suicide to just live. True eating disorders are very complex diseases. The people most at risk are people of your age. The following is taken from a National Institute of Mental Health web site. I think it is very well done and very nicely discusses the two main eating disorders. The material that follows is what I used to present in the lecture version of the class. My material is much briefer and in a different font. What Are Eating Disorders? An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food than usual, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spirals out of control. Eating disorders are very complex, and despite scientific research to understand them, the biological, behavioral and social underpinnings of these illnesses remain elusive. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. A third category is "eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)," which includes several variations of eating disorders. Most of these disorders are similar to anorexia or bulimia but with slightly different characteristics. Binge-eating disorder, which has received increasing research and media attention in recent years, is one type of EDNOS.
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Eating disorders frequently appear during adolescence or young adulthood, but some reports indicate that they can develop during childhood or later in adulthood. Women and girls are much more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Men and boys account for an estimated 5 to 15 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia and an estimated 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses with complex underlying psychological and biological causes. They frequently co-exist with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. People with eating disorders also can suffer from numerous other physical health complications, such as heart conditions or kidney failure, which can lead to death. Eating disorders are treatable diseases
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2011 for the course FDSCTE 201 taught by Professor Magino during the Spring '11 term at Ohio State.

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