Eating disorders are a mental health and physical illness that affects many areas relating to eating and body image. People with an eating disorder show an unhealthy focus on eating, exercise, and body weight or shape. Eating disorders typically first develop in the preteen and teen years and can last years without treatment. People from all backgrounds and with different body sizes can be affected by an eating disorder.
Variations in eating practices can exist, but it becomes a disorder when thoughts, feelings, and behaviors effect a person’s quality of life and cause severe or life-threatening medical problems. A variety of treatment options exist to support a person with an eating disorder, and these can provide positive outcomes for a happy, healthy and productive life.
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