Wellness for the Family: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Eating disorders affect one out of every 10 people in the United States.

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are well known by the general population, but there are several other combinations of disordered eating that exist.

Registered Dietitian Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, explains more about what disordered eating looks like.

“Eating disorders are actually a diagnosis from your doctor based on very specific things,” she says.

But Derocha says basically everyone has some disordered eating issues, and many don’t have it on such an extreme level.

“Whether you’ve ever emotionally ate, whether you were bored, or happy, or sad, or depressed, if you have ever felt guilty about eating something, if you have ever tried a diet for extreme weight loss,” she says. “So there is disordered eating in probably everyone that you know to a certain degree.”

Learn more by watching the video above. If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder and need medical intervention, seek help from health care professionals.

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