Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can have devastating effects. Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders. The vast majority of those afflicted with eating disorders are adolescent and young adult women. Researchers have found that stringent dieting can play a key role in triggering eating disorders.
The consequences of eating disorders can be severe. Anorexia nervosa can lead to death from starvation, cardiac arrest, other medical complications, or suicide. Fortunately, increasing awareness of the dangers of eating disorders--sparked by medical studies and extensive media coverage of the illness--has led many people to seek help.
In research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), scientists have found that people with eating disorders who get early treatment have a better chance of full recovery than those who wait years before getting help.
To learn more or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact The Village Family Service Center.