Eating Disorders :: Doctors need to treat rising eating disorders well

It seems that doctors are failing to spot early eating disorders and are failing to follow guidelines as to how they should be treated.

Susan Ringwood who is the chief executive of the Eating Disorders Association stated that young people feel isolated in our celebrity-driven culture where it is seen as good to be overly thin.

Eating disorder constitute any of various psychological disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, that involve insufficient or excessive food intake.

More than 90% of people with conditions like anorexia and bulimia say they can’t talk to anyone about their problems, revealed by a research conducted by beat, formerly the Eating Disorders Association

Young people with eating disorders need much more help if they are to overcome their problems.

Disorders characterized by abnormal eating behaviors and beliefs about eating, weight, and shape. The three major diagnoses are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. In addition, there are many cases of abnormal eating that have only some of the features required for an eating disorder diagnosis; these cases are classified as eating disorders not otherwise specified. Obesity is classified as a general medical condition and not as an eating disorder (a psychiatric condition) because it is not consistently associated with psychological or behavioral problems.

Binge eating is the number one eating disorder in the United States according to a new survey conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School. Anorexia or bulimia, one would think would be more prevalent eating disorders, however the recent released survey states otherwise.

Feb. 4-10 is considered as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.