Eating Disorders: A Path To Recovery

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that affect around 9% of the world’s population (mostly women). They are characterized by abnormal eating habits that involve either insufficient or excessive food intake and can have serious physical and mental health consequences. According to research, eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric disorder. Even with such a high mortality rate, researchers are struggling to fully understand the complexity of eating disorders and how to help those who struggle with them.

Types of eating disorders

Most people know about the two most common eating disorders—anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. However, there are other types of eating disorders, each with a unique set of characteristics that requires a different approach to resolve.

Causes of eating disorders

There isn't any specific and clear-cut reason why some people develop eating disorders—and the symptoms of each may vary greatly from person to person. Many times, a combination of biological, psychological, and social or environmental factors leads to the development of an eating disorder.

Who is at risk for developing an eating disorder?

While anyone can develop eating disorders, there are certain risk factors that may make someone more susceptible to the disorder. These risk factors include:

Eating disorders are also more common in those with a family history of eating disorders or other mental health disorders. People who have a parent or sibling with an eating disorder are at a much higher risk of developing an eating disorder themselves.

Getting support for an eating disorder

Effective therapy and rehabilitation can be molded to fit the needs of each unique person and situation. Some of the available options for eating disorder recovery include:

Mental health support is essential for recovering from an eating disorder. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, Medens Health is ready to help you. Contact us by phone or text at (833) 624-5400, or fill out our online contact form to get started!


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