An estimated eight million Americans suffer from disordered eating, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Between 5 and 20 percent will die from medical complications as a result. Eating disorders— anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder—are actually distorted eating habits often related to emotional problems. Anorexia typically results in low body weight; it's linked to menstrual irregularity, osteoporosis in women, and greater risk of early death in women and men. Bulimia may or may not be linked to low body weight. And binge eating disorder, probably the most common eating disorder, typically results in overweight and often in repeated weight gain and loss. All require qualified medical attention.
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