People with eating disorders suffer from both serious mental and physical issues. Researches found victims of eating disorders mainly die from the physical problems caused by the illnesses, but many develop OCD, depression and anxiety, and about 20 percent commit suicide.
Eating disorders threaten lives and can cause serious issues with self-esteem, relationships and health. If you or someone you know suffers from an obsession with weight or body image, you should seek professional help or advise that person to do so. As innocent as it may seem, dieting can become dangerous all too easily, and women young and old must take caution to avoid crossing the line between seeking healthy lifestyles and causing their bodies serious harm.
Reviewed July 28, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Kate Kunkel is a journalism student looking to minor in nutrition at Arizona State University. She currently interns for EmpowHER and has a passion for healthy eating and fitness.
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