The Psychology of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are on the rise in North America.  While many people think they are the result of a conscious choice influenced by culture alone, this is not the case. Recent research demonstrates that eating disorders are illnesses with psychological and neurobiological roots.

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are a range of issues associated with eating, food, and body image. Despite popular belief, eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. They are serious illnesses, which can be life-threatening. In fact, eating disorders are considered to be psychological disorders, especially when they interfere with an individual’s life.

Eating disorders are more common among females than males. However, males do suffer from eating disorders, too. Men are just less likely to seek help for their condition.

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