Eating Disorders

Maintaining a positive body image is sometimes hard in our culture, but you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Young Adults

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders involve extreme emotions and behaviors surrounding body image. Each year, thousands of young adults become victims of their own restrictive diets and suffer from eating disorders.

Anorexia nervosa

  • Extreme thinness.
  • Unwillingness to maintain a normal weight.
  • Fear of gaining weight.
  • Lethargy, sluggishness.
  • Brittle hair and nails, dry and yellowish skin, growth of fine hair all over the body.
  • Severe constipation.

Bulimia nervosa

  • Often fear gaining weight.
  • Feeling of disgust and shame.
  • Purging cycle can happen from several times per week to many times a day.
  • Worn tooth enamel, decaying teeth.
  • Severe dehydration from purging liquids.

Binge Eating

  • Guilt, shame, and distress. Sufferers are typically overweight.


By age 6, girls start to express concerns about their own weight or shape.

What can I do?

Talk to a friend or family member and seek professional help immediately. If you suspect your friend or loved one has an eating disorder, talk to them. Let them know you care about what they are going through, and have a treatment resource available for them, such as a phone number for a counselor.