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Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia & Eating Addictions

Eating disorders destroy lives. They refer to a group of serious conditions that cause certain people to obsess over their eating habits and overall weight.

On average, eating disorders affect one or two out of every 100 students. They happen frequently among teenagers concerned about their body image. People who go on a diet or exercise to lose weight do not qualify as having an eating disorder. Eating disorders form when a person goes to the extreme in the way they consume food. For instance, a person who refuses to eat anything over a long period of time may have developed an eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa. Another person may develop bulimia, an eating disorder characterized by excessive eating followed by vomiting. Other food-related disorders include binge eating, body dysmorphic disorder, and food phobias.

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