Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses that impact over 20 million women and 10 million men in the US. It is likely that many more people suffer than are reported, and far more struggle with body dissatisfaction and pathological eating patterns. Despite the fact that eating disorder rates continue to rise each year and to impact younger and younger people, social pressures to be thin remain unchanged, and young people continue to receive confusing and maladaptive messages about body size and eating behaviors from their families, schools, and peers.
Most appropriate treatment for eating disorders involves a multi-disciplinary team, including a behavioral therapist, nutritionist, medical doctor, and/or psychiatrist. There is especially good evidence for behavioral therapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), along with Family Based Treatment (FBT) for children under 18.