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Eating disorders include anorexia [self-starvation], bulimia [binging followed by purging], and compulsive eating [binging or eating compulsively]. They affect both men and women, young and old.

Eating disorders are not about food or weight. They're about unexpressed needs, inner pain, shame, fear, control, a search for self/identity, and other internal or external struggles [external meaning conflicts with the individual's environment]. Many blame eating disorders on a society that overemphasizes thinness, equating body size with success. That emphasis does not "cause" an eating disorder, but it presents an easy hook--an obsession with weight and size for other purposes.

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Updated on 06/12/2002
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