An eating disorder is a serious mental health condition that involves an unhealthy relationship with food. Eating disorders can have a significant physical and emotional impact on the person and affect their families and other relationships. Eating disorders include binge eating, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and other unspecified conditions. Most eating disorders involve preoccupation with body weight, body shape and different kinds of food, leading to dangerous eating behaviors. These behaviors can significantly impact the body’s ability to get appropriate nutrition, which can lead to major health problems which at times can become life-threatening.
An eating disorder can be difficult to manage or overcome by yourself. Eating disorders can virtually take over your life. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, or if you think you may have an eating disorder, seek medical help. Many people with eating disorders may not think they need treatment. If you think someone you know might have an eating disorder urge him or her to talk to a doctor and a therapist.