Overview of Eating Disorders
An eating disorder is a disturbance in eating behavior. Anorexia nervosa (anorexia) and bulimia nervosa (bulimia) are the eating disorders that are studied most often, and researchers estimate millions of people in the United States are affected each year by eating disorders.
A condition known as binge-eating disorder is considered the most common eating disorder. In the United States, it's estimated that between one and four out of every 100 people are affected by binge-eating disorder.
Eating disorders affect women and menin fact, approximately 1 million men in the United States suffer from anorexia or bulimia, and millions more have binge-eating disorder. The conditions can affect anyonefrom children to older adultsand they may have life-threatening consequences.
Eating disorders are more prevalent in industrialized countries and according to the American Psychiatric Association, they are most common in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.