4 Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders

As with any illness, eating disorders are complex and multi-varied. However, there are a few key things you should know about them.

Connection to Compulsive Exercise

Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are often linked to compulsive exercising, but not exclusively.Guys Working Out - Teen Rehab Photo by Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Different Ends of the Spectrum

There are different types of eating disorders where a person will eat too little (anorexia), too much (binge eating), or make themselves sick (bulimia). Overeating and under-eating are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum.Hamburger and French Fries - Teen Rehab Photo by avlxyz

Co-ocurring Disorders

 People living with an eating disorder are often subject to other mental illnesses, most commonly depression and anxiety.

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Health Complications

Eating disorders will lead to poor health, including malnourishment and obesity. They can also cause long-term medical problems, such as diabetes, heart failure/attack, seizure, and deterioration of bones and muscles.Emergency Room Sign - Teen Rehab Photo by KOMUnews

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