Eating disordersEating disorders are very common mental health problems which have severe and direct effects on the physical health and well being of the sufferer. Eating disorders refer to a variety of disturbed eating behaviors, all associated with misusing food for emotional reasons. They range from chronic dieting to compulsive overeating and often involve behaviors ranging from bingeing and purging to self-starvation.
Eating disorders are common among the college age population. The majority of individuals with eating disorders are women (about 90%) although men can also have eating disorders.
The most frequent problem is chronic dieting, followed by compulsive overeating, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa.