Eating disorders are complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). For various reasons, many cases are likely not to be reported. In addition, many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction and sub-clinical disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. The best-known contributor to the development of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is body dissatisfaction (Stice, 2002).
If you are unsure if you might have an eating disorder the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) is a free and confidential questionnaire that you can take online to get immediate feedback about your eating and weight concerns. Please note this not a substitute for an evaluation by a mental health professional but rather a tool to help give you more information.