Eating is a normal experience for humans. In fact all living creatures need to eat in one form or another. With eating being so common we forget how it can actually be a struggle for some people. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), a nonprofit that focuses on eating disorders, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from some form of a significant eating disorder in the United States. This is around 10% of the United States. That is a large percent suffering from something that is so easily overlooked.
Just like other mental health issues eating disorders is a broad category in its own right. While there are many types, according to PsychCentral the main three are Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. In short Anorexia (Anorexia Nervosa) is the name for simply not eating, Bulimia (Bulimia Nervosa) is excessive eating and then purging the food, then binging is simply binging on excess food.
While any one can be a victim of an eating disorder up to 90% of those affected each year are adolescent and young women. Even more staggering is that eating disorders can affect up to 5% of the teenage girl population. This is due to variety of reasons like the pressures society put on them and what they may be interested in at that age.
Hopefully this has been a quick and intriguing bit on the vast mental health issue that is eating disorders. Throughout this week I will be going over the three main forms eating disorders to better understand this topic.
~Be mindful of the mind