In This Chapter
Outlining primary information on eating disorders and disordered eating
Finding out how to identify and treat eating disorders
The incidence of eating disorders, particularly in Western societies, has seen dramatic increases in recent years. Although most associated with late-stage adolescence and early adulthood, eating disorders can affect anyone at any age. The condition is so common that you probably know someone who is suffering with an eating disorder, even though you may not be aware this person is battling this health issue. Maybe you are battling it yourself. As a nutritionist, you will likely encounter people in your practice who suffer from disordered eating.
In this chapter, I discuss ten things that you should know about the three most common eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder), from basic information on the topic to tools you can use to help prevent the disease to warning signs that the disease may present. Use this information as an entry point into this very complex problem.
Three main types of eating disorders exist: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder: