What is Eating Disorder?

There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. -www.nimh.gov


Eating Disorder Summary

Eating Disorders are genetically passed down, but can also be caused by life traumas. 10-15% of Americans struggle with a serious eating disorder which is roughly 30 million people close to the population of Texas.
There are many different types of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Pica, Rumination Syndrome, and Nocturnal Sleep Related Eating Disorder.
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate out of all mental disorders making it very serious to get treatment. The way people get treatment for eating disorder is from counseling. Eating disorders are very serious and it's not something that is "easy to control".

You can help

If you suspect an eating disorder in someone you love, educate yourself about the disorder. Then, talk to your friend. Let them know you care about what they are going through, and have a treatment resource available, such as a phone number for a counselor.

When talking to someone with an eating disorder, keep in mind that the disorder is a coping mechanism and that denial is a psychological defense. The Counseling Center at Villanova advises that you offer continued friendship and support. Choose a time when your conversation won’t be interrupted, and do not criticize or judge your friend, but be sincere and direct when discussing your concerns. If you are confronted with denial, just try to plant a seed for recovery. Never promise to keep your friend’s secret if it means preventing them from getting help.


Stop the stigma- Talk openly about mental health. Mental illness touches so many lives and yet it's STILL a giant secret. Educate yourself and others about mental health.Correct and inform people respectfully when they are perpetrating stereotypes and misconceptions. Speak up and educate them. Show empathy and compassion for those living with a mental health condition. When you love and respect everyone, you have a desire to learn more about who they are and what their life is like. Stop the criminalization of those who live with mental illness. Professionals and families together need to talk to neighborhood groups, law enforcement, hospitals and legal experts to share experiences and knowledge on interacting with mentally ill.

  • Statistic 1

    At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S

  • Statistic 2

    Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder.

  • Statistic 3

    Eating disorders have the highest morality rate of any mental illness.

  • Statistic 4

    50-80% of the risk for anorexia and bulimia is genetic.

  • Statistic 5

    Nearly 1 in 10 bulimia patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.

  • Statistic 6

    2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime.

  • Statistic 7

    Approximately half of the risk for BED is genetic.

  • Statistic 8

    33-50% of anorexia patients have a comorbid mood disorder, such as depression. Mood disorders are more common in the binge/purge subtype than in the restrictive subtype.

  • Statistic 9

    About half of anorexia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.

Mental illnesses


  • anxiety


  • Bipolar disorder


  • Depression


  • Eating disorder


  • Obsessive compulsive disorder


  • post traumatic stress disorder


  • Schizophrenia