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Eating disorders

Eating disorders involve serious problems in eating behavior. The main types of eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa – an intense fear of getting fat that causes you to not eat, even though you become too thin
  • Bulimia nervosa – involves bouts of overeating followed by purging, such as throwing up, to prevent weight gain
  • Binge eating disorder – out-of-control eating

Eating disorders interfere with routines at work and at home. But more importantly, eating disorders are very dangerous and need treatment. They can cause heart and kidney problems, and even death.

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More information on Eating disorders

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  • Anorexia Nervosa Fact Sheet - This fact sheet explains anorexia's causes, signs and symptoms, and its effects on the body. It also provides information for pregnant women who have or have had anorexia.
  • Binge Eating Disorder Fact Sheet - This fact sheet provides information on binge eating disorder, including potential causes, associated risks, and possible treatments.
  • Bulimia Nervosa Fact Sheet - This fact sheet answers common questions about bulimia nervosa, including its causes, warning signs, complications, and available treatment options.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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