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What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are a group of disorders that generally interfere with the normal consumption of food. An eating disorder cannot be defined by how much someone weighs or what someone eats, but by the quality of his or her thinking as it has to do with food and weight. Eating disorders are serious psychiatric disorders, which, if left untreated, can result in the deterioration of one’s life and even death.

Eating disorders generally fall into three categories; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. Many people tend to refer to binge eating as compulsive eating or compulsive overeating. Regardless of the type of eating disorder, people are generally focused on food, weight (a specific number) and body image (which is usually distorted).

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How do I get help for myself or my loved one?

The first step in getting help is finding out whether you have a problem. A trained clinical psychologist can effectively perform a professional assessment, which will identify whether you have any problem areas, and will recommend the treatment most appropriate for you if necessary.

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