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Eating Disorders are usually defined by the preoccupation, or obsession with food. 8 million Americans are currently living with an eating disorder and the majority of people who suffer from disordered eating are women, from the ages of 13 to 25 years old. While sufferers of eating disorders do have a preoccupation with food, the foundation of the disease relies on emotional disorders, control, stress, and self-image issues. Northwestern Medicine understands the complexity of eating disorders and strives to create treatments for patients that tackle the underlying problems and find solutions that work best for every individual patient.

The main types of eating disorders fall under three categories. Anorexia nervosa is defined as a severe dietary restriction. This restriction of calories leads to starvation which can lead to medical issues due to being overweight. Although most people who suffer from anorexia nervosa are extremely thin, they experience body dysmorphia, wherein they see themselves as overweight.

Bulimia nervosa is another eating disorder characterized by bingeing on large quantities of food, and then forcing oneself to vomit, or compulsive exercise or use laxatives.

Binge-eating disorder, on the other hand is also known as compulsive overeating. People who have this disorder binge on large amounts of food, but do not purge the contents.

Treating eating disorders is not as easy as just changing the diet. In fact, most eating disorders are caused by emotional issues that are required to be addressed before you can actually begin to see changes with the diet. Eating disorders also tend to be comorbid with other mental health issues like depression, and anxiety. This is why it is so important that treatment for eating disorders relies more heavily on mental health and helping patients with their emotional needs more than just the dietary aspect of treatment. Every single eating disorder is different, and the way in which people approach them and why they experience them differs greatly from case to case. Northwestern Medicine recognizes this fact and develops a treatment based on the individual so that those suffering from eating disorders can receive personalized treatment that yields positive results. Your donation helps us expand our eating disorder rehabilitation programs and deliver the necessary treatment to the numerous people affected.

Although the cause of eating disorders is not entirely known to experts, most believe that societal pressures and expectations contribute to the illness. Prevention, however, is possible by teaching young adults healthy eating habits, as well as societal expectations and pressures.

Eating Disorder Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation helps those who suffer from eating disorders receive personalized treatments at Northwestern Medicine. These treatments generally include psychological and psychiatric evaluations and assessments, physical and medical evaluations, hospitalization that focuses on dietary improvement, and more.

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