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Eating Disorders

The pressure to be thin and attractive is something most men and women face at some point in their lives. But for roughly five million women and one million men, concerns about weight and body image lead to an eating disorder such as bulimia, anorexia or binge eating disorder.

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Eating disorders are not about dieting or vanity, and they are not "just a phase." People with eating disorders suffer from complex mental illnesses that can cause severe and long-lasting damage. For many people, eating disorders are a way to cope with painful feelings and experiences; for others, restricting food intake or binging and purging gives them a sense of control in an otherwise chaotic life.

Left untreated, the emotional, psychological and physical consequences of eating disorders can be devastating, even fatal. Eating disorders know no class, cultural or gender boundaries and can affect men, women, adolescents and even children from all walks of life.

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