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Diseases » Eating disorders » Summary
 

What is Eating disorders?

What is Eating disorders?

A group of psychological disorder where there is an abnormal focus on eating behavior and body shape and weight. ...more »

  • Eating disorders: Various mental disorders impairing normal eating or appetite.

Eating disorders: Introduction

Types of Eating disorders:

Types of Eating disorders:

Broader types of Eating disorders:

How many people get Eating disorders?

Prevalance of Eating disorders: 5 million women (NWHIC); 1-4% of young women
Prevalance Rate of Eating disorders: approx 1 in 54 or 1.84% or 5 million people in USA [about data]

Who gets Eating disorders?

Patient Profile for Eating disorders: Adolescent or young adult women (90%). Can occur in the elderly.

Gender Profile for Eating disorders: Females (90%) much more than males. Certain male subgroups have a higher rate.

Gender Profile for Eating disorders: Eating disorders are much more prevalent in females than in males. However, recent studies have shown that incidence and prevalence rates are increasing among males. Currently, there is approximately one male case to ten female cases. Further, up to one in four children referred to an eating disorders professional for anorexia is a boy. Many boys with eating disorders share the same characteristics as their female counterparts, including low self-esteem, the need to be accepted, an inability to cope with emotional pressures, and family and relationship. Males with eating disorders are most commonly seen in specific subgroups. For instance, males who wrestle show a disproportionate increase in eating disorders, rates seven to ten times the normal. Additionally, homosexual males have an increased rate of eating disorders. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

How serious is Eating disorders?

Complications of Eating disorders: see complications of Eating disorders

What causes Eating disorders?

Causes of Eating disorders: see causes of Eating disorders
Risk factors for Eating disorders: see risk factors for Eating disorders

What are the symptoms of Eating disorders?

Symptoms of Eating disorders: see symptoms of Eating disorders

Complications of Eating disorders: see complications of Eating disorders

Eating disorders: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Eating disorders.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Eating disorders.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Eating disorders: Psychiatrist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Eating disorders.
Treatments for Eating disorders: see treatments for Eating disorders
Research for Eating disorders: see research for Eating disorders

Society issues for Eating disorders


Hospitalization statistics for Eating disorders: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Eating disorders:

  • Eating disorders accounted for 48,909 patient days in hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Eating disorders resulted in 6,003 hospitalisations in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.014% (1,762) of hospital consultant episodes were for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Eating disorders:

Organs and body systems related to Eating disorders include:

Name and Aliases of Eating disorders

Main name of condition: Eating disorders

Class of Condition for Eating disorders: behavior

Eating disorders: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Eating disorders:

 

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