Category: Eating Disorder

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Eating Disorder Statistics & Trends 

Eating disorders affect a small percentage of the overall population, but that still translates to millions of people who are impacted by these conditions. 

And research suggests that many more people silently struggle with an eating disorder without ever being officially diagnosed.

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Free & Low-Cost Resources for Eating Disorder Help 

Eating disorder treatment is often covered by health insurance, but for some, the cost of treatment for an eating disorder is just too high.

Some patients may still get copayment or deductible bills, and they must pay monthly premiums to keep their plans intact. Others don’t have health insurance at all.

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Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Body Image 

Negative body image and eating disorders are closely related, with negative body image being one of the most well-understood precursors to the development of an eating disorder.

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community 

Eating disorders touch people of all ages, sizes, and orientations. But sadly, some groups, including the LGBTQ+ community, tend to be disproportionately affected by these conditions. 

As a whole, LGBTQ+ people struggle with eating disorders more frequently than those in the hetero-normative community. And many people identifying as LGBTQ+ face multiple treatment barriers.

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Sample Letters to Insurance Companies for Eating Disorder Treatment  

Eating disorder treatment is covered by a large number of insurance policies. But most require families and their doctors to prove that care is needed; sometimes, care teams and insurance administrators disagree about how treatment should work.

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The Impact of Media on Eating Disorders 

A variety of overlapping factors often cause eating disorders. 

And while biological influences account for many of the underlying causes of these conditions, exposure to media can impact body dissatisfaction, increasing the rates of disordered eating and playing a role in the development of an eating disorder. [1]

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The Dangers of ‘Pro Ana’ Websites 

Pro-anorexia websites and similar content represent a significant source of potential harm to people struggling with anorexia nervosa (AN) or those at risk of developing it. 

These sources spread dangerous misinformation and can encourage unhealthy ways of viewing one’s own body and the bodies of others.

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Can You Be Anorexic and Overweight?

It is possible for someone who presents as normal weight, overweight, or in a larger body to still struggle with anorexia nervosa (AN). This is called atypical anorexia nervosa, and a person can still experience most of the symptoms typically associated with AN.

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Death From Anorexia: What Happens to the Body?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious mental health condition that can profoundly change a person’s health over time.

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How to Help a Friend or Loved One with Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa (AN) can be a dangerous or even deadly condition. But there are ways to help someone find the help they need to recover from the disorder.

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Statistics on Anorexia in Men & Boys

The numbers around men with anorexia and eating disorders may be misleading. For example, a frequently quoted statistic is that 10% of anorexia cases are male, but even that statistic may be inaccurate, with some studies indicating the ratio may be higher.

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Commonly Prescribed Medications for Anorexia 

At present, there is no single medication for anorexia that can replace the benefits therapies can provide. However, some medications can address a few of the mental health symptoms many people with anorexia develop.

The Connection Between Anorexia & Genetics 

Anorexia and genetics have a connection, although researchers aren’t exactly sure in what way.  If you have people in your immediate family who suffer from anorexia or other eating disorders, be mindful of that fact and consider adopting healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing an eating disorder yourself.

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Bulimia vs. Binge Eating: Key Differences

Bulimia and binge eating disorder have a lot in common. Both involve episodes of bingeing, and both can be associated with weight gain. But there are significant differences between these two common eating disorders.

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Anorexia Facts & Myths: What You Need to Know

Anorexia is a very serious eating disorder that is plagued by a lot of misinformation online. For instance, many people think of anorexia as a condition affecting only women. But that isn’t true.

We’ve outlined some important anorexia facts and myths below and cover some tips on the best ways to avoid further misinformation when doing your own research online.

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Anorexia & Hair Loss: What It Means

Anorexia and hair loss are connected, primarily due to the fact that nutrition plays a significant role in hair health. 

As a person begins to radically alter their diet and eat less than the recommended amount of nutrients every day, they can develop a number of health symptoms, hair loss included.

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Manorexia: Causes & Signs of Anorexia in Men

Manorexia is not an official medical term, but it is commonly used in the media to define anorexia in men.

Anorexia is an eating disorder that is characterized by distortions in body image, an obsession with weight, and significant food and/or calorie deprivation. Someone with anorexia often has serious food restriction.

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Anorexia Mortality Rates

More than one person dies every hour as a result of an eating disorder, which equates to more than 10,000 deaths each year in the U.S. (1) Of all mental health disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. (2)

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Anorexia Statistics – Gender, Race & Socioeconomics 

An estimated 30 million people in the United States have had an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. This equates to about 20 million women and 10 million men.

Anorexia & Gastroparesis 

Gastroparesis is common in people with feeding and eating disorders like anorexia. Studies show that about half of those presenting with gastroparesis symptoms also show signs of a feeding or eating disorder.

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Anorexiant Diet Pills

Anorexiant diet pills are often stimulant medications that are similar to amphetamines. As such, they have a high potential for abuse and are very habit-forming. 

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What Is ‘Extreme’ Anorexia?

Extreme anorexia is the most serious form of anorexia. It occurs when a person is severely underweight and malnourished from intentionally starving themselves to lower their weight. 

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Causes of Anorexia & How to Prevent It

There is not one known specific cause of anorexia. Instead, experts agree that there are likely multiple contributing factors, including hormones, genes, and societal attitudes.

The Relationship Between Anorexia & BMI

BMI (body mass index) is still one of the diagnostic tools for anorexia, but it is merely a height-to-weight ratio and not an accurate indicator of health. And people in higher weight bodies can also suffer from anorexia, yet are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because they’re not thin enough. So BMI should not be used to diagnose anorexia or assess health in any way. [1]

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Anorexia Symptoms

Anorexia comes with physical, mental, and behavioral symptoms. People suffering from anorexia often fear gaining weight and restrict food and calorie intake. They have a distorted body image, and they are often underweight and malnourished.

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Eating Disorder Hotlines

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, you may want help but not know where to turn. But there are a number of eating disorder hotlines, which can help you get relevant information about eating disorder treatment, associated mental health issues, and more.

ANAD Eating Disorder Helpline: 1-630-577-1330

The Impact of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Eating disorders are mental illnesses defined by abnormal dietary habits, such as eating excessively small or large amounts of food, that have the potential to cause major physical and mental problems. Most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.


Binge Eating Helplines

Eating disorders are extremely damaging to your mental health because feelings of anxiety, shame, and guilt tend to build up and push you into isolation from your loved ones. Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, yet, due to the social stigma attached to it, most people who have the disease do not seek the treatment they need. (1)

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Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are one of the most dangerous types of mental health disorder, responsible for an estimated 10,200 deaths every year. (1) There are a number of different types of eating disorders, which all impact people in different ways. 

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What is Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes an unhealthy body image. You may think you’re too heavy, even though a doctor might disagree. Your intense desire to lose weight or avoid weight gain causes you to diet, exercise to excess, or lean on medications.