For More on Eating Disorders

School Nutrition’s March 2014 issue explores mental health and mental illness, including such conditions as depression, anxiety disorders and attention disorders. Among the most challenging mental illnesses are eating disorders, which often are underdiagnosed, and, if untreated, can result in severe medical complications and even death in certain cases. The Eating Disorders Coalition estimates that approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder; this includes women—and men—of all economic classes and ages, including children and adolescents.

Among the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and disordered eating and dysfunctional eating. Gabriela Pacheco, RD, LD, SNS, examined how these eating disorders affect students in “A Lot on Their Plates” (School Nutrition, June/July 2013).

For additional information on eating disorders or on how to get help for you or a loved one, visit:

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