Column: Eating disorders serious, treatable

An eating disorder is a broad term used to describe problematic eating habits that typically result in malnutrition and excessive weight loss or gain upon the specific form.

While eating disorders have physical impacts and consequences for affected individuals, the underlying causes are typically psychological and emotional in nature.

They are common, with estimates of more than 5 million Americans affected each year. There are three major types of eating disorders. Approximately 1 to 4 percent of teenage girls and young women may be affected by these disorders.

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