How Eating Disorders Affect People Differently
January 15, 2016•9 min
Dieting and an obsession with "healthy eating" can be signs of a problem, but they are often overlooked in a culture where these behaviors are seen as the norm.According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, it's estimated that eating disorders affect over 11 million people in the U.S.Studies have shown that at least one in 20 individuals (and one in 10 teenage girls) have displayed key symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, but never address the disorder because they don't fully meet the diagnostic criteria.However, there are several different types of eating disorders and each kind affects each person differently. For example, just because someone has a larger body doesn't mean they don't take good care of their physical and mental health. And, just because someone is closer to the mainstream image of a healthy body doesn't mean that person is healthy.Listen in as Ovidio Bermudez, MD, shares the signs of an eating disorder and how it affects people differently.