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New Disordered Eating
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, up to 24 million Americans suffer from disordered eating. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating, are an unhealthy relationship with food and weight that interferes with many areas of a person's life. Those that suffer with these eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental disorder.
Disordered eating is more than the "big three" - anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. People also suffer from:
- Night eating syndrome – eating more than half of daily food intake during and after dinner but before breakfast and also may leave the bed at night to snack.
- Orthorexia nervosa – A popular name for obsessive, compulsive attitudes and behavior about healthful eating.
- Compulsive exercising.
Eating disorders are more than food problems. The person’s entire life can become wrapped up in their eating issues. For more information on disordered eating and knowing the signs, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Eating Disorders page.
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Reviewed February 2013