If left untreated, eating disorders can cause many physical and emotional problems and even lead to death. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (a pattern of self-imposed starvation), bulimia (a pattern of binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting) and compulsive overeating. The causes may be psychological, biological or social. Individuals experiencing these eating disorders often have low self-esteem, are obsessed with food, and need help and support from professionals and family. These disorders often develop from stress, social pressures or psychological problems, which lead to poor feelings about their body.
To learn about symptoms and resources, visit one of these websites:
National Eating Disorder Association
University of California San Diego