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Professor Stacy Freeman

Second Reader

Dr. Detri Brech

Third Reader

Professor Amber Northam-Vincent


Eating disorders have become so widespread in our society that it is estimated that seven to ten million women and one million men have an eating disorder. Eating disorders do not discriminate; they can affect people of any race, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and economic status. Research shows that about 76 percent of eating disorders begin between 11 and 20 years of age. Of all the diagnosed eating disorders, 77 percent will have a duration of one to fifteen years of the individual's life. Six percent of serious eating disorder cases end in death. An eating disorder is defined as a psychological disorder characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. This paper will discuss the etiology, complications, and treatment of each type of eating disorder.

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