• Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses. They are treatable, and the sooner someone gets the treatment he or she needs, the better the chance of a good recovery.
  • Eating Disorders are NOT choices, passing fads or phases. Eating Disorders are severe and can be fatal.
  • Eating Disorders can be recognized by a persistent pattern of unhealthy eating or dieting behavior that can cause health problems and/or emotional and social distress.
  • Eating Disorders occur all over the world, especially in industrialized regions or countries.
  • The most prevalent Eating Disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders.
  • Although there are formal guidelines that health care professionals use to diagnose Eating Disorders (DSM-5), unhealthy eating behaviors exist on a continuum. Even if a person does not meet the formal criteria for an eating disorder, he or she may be experiencing unhealthy eating behaviors that cause substantial distress and may be damaging to both physical and psychological health.