What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are serious, but treatable, illnesses with medical and psychiatric aspects. The eating disorders most commonly known to the public are anorexia and bulimia. There are also other eating disorders, such as binge-eating disorder (BED), which is usually associated with obesity. People with an eating disorder typically become obsessed with food, body image, and weight. The disorders can become very serious, chronic, and sometimes even life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately. Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach by an experienced team of specialists. Recent research indicated that eating disorders are microbiological illnesses.