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Affecting millions of people every year with devastating consequences, Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in today's fast paced, high pressured society.
Chapter 1: What is an Eating Disorder?
What is an Eating Disorder?
Treatment of the eating disorders has become a major mental health issue of the twenty-first century. Until the early 1980s, most people knew of the existence of anorexia nervosa, but few mental health professionals or dieticians would have considered it necessary to have more than the ability merely to recognize the disorder so that they could pass a case on to a specialist worker or unit.
In the past thirty years, however, help has become increasingly available for people with specific diagnoses of bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Mental health professionals have also begun to address the problem of binge eating disorder in both normal weight and overweight people. Awareness of the need for specialist care ...