Eating Disorders. “It’s not just about food and weight.” . What is an eating disorder?. An extreme, harmful eating behavior that can cause serious illness or even death. (pg. 153). Causes of Eating Disorders.
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Is a disorder in which some form of purging or clearing of the digestive tract follows cycles of overeating.
A person with bulimia often fasts or follows a strict diet and then binges, or quickly consumes a large amounts of food. After eating the person may vomit or take laxatives to purge the food from the body.
About 90% of those with eating disorders are female. (pg.153)
It’s estimated that about 1% of females ages 16-18 have this illness (pg 153).
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect as many as 3% of adolescent and young adult females, and the incidence of anorexia nervosa appears to have increased in recent decades (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00042446.htm)