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Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness.
Eating Disorders are a type of mental illness in which a person’s life is negatively affected by disordered thoughts and behaviors about food, body and weight. While the onset of many eating disorders is common around the age of puberty, they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or background.
What are some causes and symptoms of eating disorders?
Genetics and psychological conditions are the two primary root causes of eating disorders. Research shows that people with a close relative who has an eating disorder are nearly 60 percent more likely to develop an eating disorder of their own.
When is the time to seek treatment for an eating disorder?
Please know that the support of your loved ones can be critical to a healthy recovery. Never hesitate to reach out to your doctor or mental health professional to find out the most effective ways to cope with your eating disorder.