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Eating disorders are a type of illness that is characterized by extreme emotions or behaviors surrounding food or weight concerns. The most common eating disorders are anorexia (restricted energy intake and fear of gaining weight) and bulimia (cycles of binging and purging). Eating disorders can be very dangerous with physical effects including low or high blood pressure, serious electrolyte imbalances, loss of bone density, heart failure, and more.
These disorders are often highly publicized and see a lot of stigma and misinformation. There is no easy way to diagnose an eating disorder by a person's weight or appearance. In truth, eating disorders are multifaceted illnesses that occur in all race, gender, or other demographic areas.
Recovery from an eating disorder can be difficult, but it is possible with help. If you know someone who may have an eating disorder, the best thing you can do is express your concerns with them and encourage them to seek treatment. Try not to argue, and direct the conversation away from the person's weight. Find tips on what to say in the Family and Friends section of the NEDA website.
If you are concerned about your own relationship with food or eating, please call Counseling Services at 309.341.7492 to set up an appointment.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, come to Counseling Services during business hours. After business hours call Campus Safety (309.341.7979) or call 9-1-1. Click Crisis Sessions for more information.
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