The American Psychiatry Association defines eating disorders as “behavioral conditions
characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing
thoughts and emotions”.
Eating disorders can be very serious, sometimes fatal. The disorders are often associated with
preoccupation with food, body weight, and shape, restrictive eating, binge eating, purging by
vomiting, or compulsive exercising, affecting 5% of the American population and impairing them
physically, psychologically, and socially.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.