Eating disorders are very real, and they are very common. According to the eating disorders advocacy group Beating Eating Disorders, people of any age can develop an eating disorder, and despite what the media might suggest, men can get eating disorders, too. Beating Eating Disorders suggests that about 25 percent of people with eating disorders are male.
If left untreated, any eating disorder can be considered dangerous. In fact, according to research provided by the National Eating Disorders Alliance (NEDA), death rates due to eating disorders are nearly indistinguishable. In this NEDA data, mortality rates for anorexia were 4 percent, they were 3.9 percent for bulimia, and they were 5.2 percent for eating disorders not otherwise specified.
This research suggests that any eating disorder brings about the risk of an early death. That makes many eating disorders very similar to one another, but there are dissimilarities between eating disorders too. Knowing what those differences are is vital, as it can help families to choose a treatment program that has the ability to deliver the right help at the right time.
This article contains a comparison between two major types of eating disorder: anorexia and bulimia. With complete information, families can make informed decisions about the health and happiness of the people they love.
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